Reducing Carbon Emissions from Prefabricated Decoration: A Case Study of Residential Buildings in China

Ji Bian, Changchun Liu*, Chunyang Zuo, Jianli Hao, Wenting Ma, Baoyin Duan, Congda Chen, Jixuan Liu

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Since decoration is an essential part of buildings, the carbon emissions generated by decoration work should not be ignored. In recent years, prefabricated decoration has attracted much attention as efforts are made to pursue green, low-carbon, and waste-reducing buildings. However, research on carbon emissions assessment of prefabricated buildings has focused mainly on the structural aspect of prefabricated buildings, with few studies having considered prefabricated decoration. This study therefore focuses on assessing the carbon emissions of prefabricated decoration from the life cycle perspective of a case study residential building and explores the potential for reducing carbon emissions by decorating buildings with prefabricated components. The results show that using prefabricated decoration in the case study building reduced carbon emissions by 29.08% at the building material production stage compared to traditional decoration, and using an optimized design of prefabricated decoration, the building’s energy consumption over its design life could reduce carbon emissions by 1046 kgCO2/m2. These findings demonstrate the benefits of prefabrication decoration for reducing carbon emissions. This study provides decoration companies with robust data and insights to guide future decisions and practices, helping to transform and achieve the carbon neutrality goal for the building decoration industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number550
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • building energy consumption
  • carbon emissions reduction
  • life cycle assessment
  • prefabricated buildings
  • prefabricated decoration


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