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2.1 CIVIL ENGINEERING
Embodied energy analysis can be used as a construction design assessment tool in a sustainable matrix for a building. Its implementation however remains challenging mainly because of data measurement errors. A comparison between the deterministic embodied energy (EE) of a building and the stochastic EE of the same building undertaken using Monte Carlo simulation showed a wide variation in results. It is recommended that the specification of EE intensity of building materials in the construction industry can assist in producing accurate and more credible EE values of building.
Acquaye, A., Duffy, A., Basu, B.: Embodied energy analysis: a sustainable construction design assessment tool. Engineering Sustainability: Innovations that spans boundaries; Conference Proceedings; Pittsburgh, PA-USA, April 19-21, 2009.