Carbon Footprint Inventory of Buildings in Isabela State University: Benchmark for Future Design Alternatives
Energy consumption of buildings was accounted for forty percent (40%) in the burning of fossil fuels that contributed to global warming. Climate change will continuously increase the global temperature in the coming years and this has resulted to the increased demand for energy consumption for cooling and ventilation for the indoor temperature in buildings. The study aimed to determine the carbon footprints of the buildings using the carbon footprint calculator to serve as a benchmark for future design of buildings at Isabela State University in Garita, Cabagan, Isabela. As revealed in the study, the rise in temperature, number of electrical fixtures used for cooling and ventilation, number of floor levels and number of occupants are the factors which influences the increase in the energy consumption of the buildings. Generally, the electrical fixtures used for cooling and ventilation were proven to be with the highest carbon footprint contribution. Hence the researchers recommend to adapt green building technology for future designs of buildings in the campus.
Keywords: carbon footprint, energy consumption
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