International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3 Issue 5 2013- March 2013    Pages: 1587-1602<<Previous    Next>>

Assessment of carbon rating in Kinnaird College for women Lahore, Pakistan

Author Information:

Ambreen Aslam - Environmental Science Department, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore

ABSTRACT

Urbanization and climate change is an inextricably interlinked therefore an unplanned development causing the extreme weather patterns. In most World conferences & meetings, low carbon and planned cities are the scorching topic of the year 2009 as cities included a range of sectors i.e. academic institutions. The academic institution design implies various opportunities to reduce carbon emission from buildings and from the consumption matter during academic hours. The energy performance of a building depends on its design and quality of construction. As the locally available national building codes has no standard assessment procedure for the estimation energy consumption therefore a UK based methodology was adopted for the estimation of Carbon Footprint of an educational building. The assessment of Greenhouse gas emission mainly CO2 through energy consumption is a first step towards energy management and quantifiable carbon emission reduction. Kinnaird College for Women (KC) was selected for assessment of carbon rating. The energy consumption from each department was calculated based on number of factors like Ventilation Rate, Environment Impact Rating and Environment Impact Rating Bands were assigned according to their specific amount of carbon emission. The carbon dioxide emission increases as energy consumption of each department increase. In addition, university routes buses and personal vehicles of staff & faculty were also included as carbon-contributing factor. GIS database was prepared for the assessment of carbon emission of the institution with its graphical representation.

Key words: CO2 emission, educational institution, green buildings, carbon rating, green building design.

DOI:10.6088/ijes.2013030500029

© 2013 Copyright by the authors, licensee Integrated Publishing Association.This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (3.0) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

The electronic version of the article can be downloaded below

Download full text pdf

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend