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A Study for Carbon Neutrality
The Impact of Decisions, Design and Energy
Dana Anderson, Patrick Cunningham, David Damon, Yanel de Angel
This research study focuses on the factors that impact the carbon footprint of a residence hall building, particularly the steps and considerations required to achieve carbon neutrality. The study dispels misconceptions, and stresses the importance of carbon-conscious decision-making throughout the life of a project. It reveals the need for a paradigm shift in building design. Critical factors include material selection and manufacturing processes, building assembly methods, construction, indoor climate conditions, building and site design, integration of active and passive systems, clean/renewable energy generation sources and building operations and maintenance.