Carbon Footprint Estimation of Education Building a drive towards Sustainable Development
J.S.Sudarsan1, Jyesta W2, Jaisal D3
1Dr. J. S. Sudarsan, School of Construction Management (SOCM), National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune (Maharashtra), India.
2Jyesta W, Advanced Construction Management, National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune (Maharashtra), India.
3Jaisal D, Advanced Construction Management, National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune (Maharashtra), India.
Manuscript received on 24 November 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 18 December 2019 | Manuscript Published on 30 December 2019 | PP: 611-614 | Volume-9 Issue-1S4 December 2019 | Retrieval Number: A10301291S419/19©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.A1030.1291S419
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Abstract: Carbon footprint is the process by which the effect of carbon emission due to different activities likes using of building materials, vehicular movement, application of air conditioner etc. This kind of study plays important role in estimating the emissions happening in an institutional building. Nowadays due urbanization, Industrialization and improper development huge amount of emissions are happening in all the sector of the activity like real estate development, infrastructure development etc. This study was carried out in an educational institution to find out the amount of carbon emission happening in a particular building and due to different activities. Estimation was done using normal empirical formulas using the known constant value s and quantity of carbon emitted by different materials. It was estimated that huge amount of carbon emission is happening from the buildings, Electricity and vehicular emission in the educational institution building. The total amount of carbon emission for the entire educational campus was found to be 6772.538 tons / month. Study also carried out to access role of vegetation in absorbing the carbon emissions. Based on the study it was estimated that the vegetation plays an important role in reducing the carbon emission. Several other remedial measures like use of Rain water harvesting system, Solar panels, Vertical farming, Terrace gardening are some of the techniques can be adopted to reduce carbon emission effectively. The study helps us to know the effects of inventories that affect emission level and their action that cause changes in environment. Choice of this study is related in the present scenario of increasing CO2 levels in our very own ecological unit. By adopting several measures mentioned above, campus can be made to carbon negative. This kind of survey/estimation will help to achieve sustainable development and also it will create awareness among the public related to carbon emissions and its impact.
Keywords: Carbon Footprint, Educational Institutional Building, Carbon Emissions, Vegetation, Carbon Negative.
Scope of the Article: Building Energy