building life cycle Articles

  • Life Cycle Assessment, Databases and Sustainable Building

    Untitled Document We are experiencing a fundamental change that affects how products are developed and, more importantly, how they are ...

  • Life Cycle Assessment applications in the building sector

    A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool has been developed to evaluate environmental impacts of building projects, from construction until demolition. The operation phase is essential, particularly energy processes: therefore LCA is linked to thermal simulation. Several alternatives can be studied. The results, in the form of environmental indicators (e.g., energy and water consumption, contribution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Comparison of different building shells ‐ life cycle assessment

    The REACT (Renewable Energy & Efficiency Action) project is an EU‐funded cross‐border cooperative venture featuring the participation of companies and researchers from Burgenland (Austria) and western Slovakia that is developing zero energy concepts for newly built single‐family homes. A variety of building structures are defined for family houses, and the different impacts they have on the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Why take a life cycle approach?

    Taking a life cycle approach for making sustainable decisions. This "Why Take a Life Cycle Approach" Whitepaper is a small step to build greater understanding of life cycle approaches and their value towards creating more sustainable forms of design, production, and consumption. The authors illustrate through clear examples how life cycle thinking and other approaches have ...


    By thinkstep

  • Global guidance principles for life cycle assessment databases

    A basis for greener processes and products - ‘Shonan Guidance Principles’ The document provides guidance principles for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) databases; this includes how to collect raw data, how to develop datasets and how to manage databases. The publication also addresses questions concerning data documentation and review, coordination among databases, ...


    By thinkstep

  • Thermodynamic analysis and life cycle assessment of the heating strategies in historical buildings: a case study

    This paper presents the thermodynamic analysis and life cycle assessment (LCA) of the heating strategies in historical buildings. We evaluated two main systems used in historical buildings to provide heat: a central heating system, which is based on a method of heating the whole air volume within the building, and a localised heating system, which is based on a method of supplying the desired ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Grouping decomposition under constraints for design/build life cycle in project delivery system

    The design/build project delivery system has been adopted in the construction industry for many years. The numerous iterations of activities (tasks) can result in a hierarchical structure that reflects the life cycle of this type of delivery system. The Design Structure Matrix (DSM) approach has been used for simplifying complex project activities by clarifying the relationships between ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Conventional and alternative water supply systems: a life cycle study

    Research on urban development to date has tended to focus on buildings and their performance in terms of associated energy and environmental impacts. Although, many detailed studies of residential buildings have been carried out, these studies usually concentrate on the house itself without consideration of the infrastructure systems. Alternatives to traditional infrastructure systems are ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental impact of recycling metals from ships: a life cycle assessment

    New research has examined three different categories of Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA), each with different goals. The researchers find that overlaps between the three assessments could be combined to create a more comprehensive form of ERA, usable by regulators and environmental decision makers. Life cycle assessment (LCA) can measure the environmental impact of the different stages of a ...

  • Defining the Shale Gas Life Cycle: A framework for identifying and mitigating environmental impacts

    Life cycle assessments of shale gas activities differ in their findings. Among the various studies, researchers estimate different greenhouse gas emissions, rates of water use, and rates of wastewater production. Some of the variation in findings is due to the parameters of each study, particularly the life cycle boundary. The life cycle boundary determines which life cycle stages—and which ...

  • Exergy indicators in the building environment

    The objective of this work is the application of the exergy analysis to the building sector and the introduction of suitable exergy indicators. The indicators are tools which are representative of the system under study and provide reliability over time, information to policy makers and awareness of potential environmental problems arising from human activities. The application of the exergy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Strategies for building material reuse and recycle

    Reuse and recycling of building material is a growing area of interest and concern in many parts of the USA. Current practices and trends in the building material waste management area are examined from a building life cycle standpoint or cradle to reincarnation concept. Strategies include zero waste, integrated recycling, international approaches, reuse of materials, resource optimisation, waste ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Incorporating Sustainability into Asset Management through Critical Life Cycle Cost Analysis

    ABSTRACTAsset management is about managing assets more effectively – which is really about making better decisions about and for assets, both existing and future. The main key to achieving better decision-making is having the right kind of information available from which to make the decisions. The goals that better decision making are trying to reach are service levels that are met, risks, ...

  • Integrating life cycle approaches to African national development policies: considering the institutional dimension of industrial ecology

    This paper considers developments in the area of industrial ecology applications and public policy, and the need to facilitate the proliferation of life cycle approaches in Africa through national development policies. It demonstrates the existing demand for systems approaches to sustainable production and consumption in Africa and identifies life cycle approaches as appropriate tools for ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Software for Assessing the Environmental Impact of Buildings (´Envest´)

    This paper introduces and explains the concept behind ENVEST, the first UK software tool for estimating the lifecycle environmental impact of buildings. ENVEST is a tool that allows designers to consider the life cycle environmental impact of commercial buildings at the building inception stage. The tool, which has received an enthusiastic response from building designers, provides a holistic ...


    By BRE

  • Stocking Your Green Building Toolkit

    1. Introduction Designing, constructing and operating environmentally friendly buildings can be a lot more complex than it seems, especially when it comes to materials selection. We would all like simple measures or rules of thumb that would make the selection process easy, but they are hard to come by, if they exist at all. The reality is that we are constantly forced into a balancing act, ...

  • Renovating vs. Building New: The Environmental Merits

    This presentation focuses on the environmental implications of two case study projects involving extensive renovation and rehabilitation of older Canadian buildings to serve new functions. Both of the case study projects were submitted as ...

  • Questions and answers on sustainable buildings

    Why is this initiative necessary? Almost one half of the EU's final energy consumption and extracted materials, and about one third of water consumption, is related to the construction and occupancy of buildings. The sector also generates about one third of all waste. This results in major environmental impacts. These impacts are the combined result of the different life-cycle ...

  • Building demonstrates benefits of net-zero water reuse

    A unique research project to demonstrate the effectiveness of net-zero water use buildings is underway at the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. The decentralized water system at CSL treats all nonpotable water on-site. The university is documenting the benefits and costs of the novel water-reuse system, ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Assessing sustainability performance of built projects: a building process approach

    Existing environmental performance assessment approaches focus on the overall performance to reflect sustainability of built projects. However, the impacts caused by construction activities on the environment occur throughout a project's life cycle which may be different at different stages. Similarly, the economic benefits and social impacts from implementing a construction project may also be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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