IEA EBC Annex 72 - Assessing life cycle related environmental impacts caused by buildings - Targets and tasks

R. Frischknecht, H. Birgisdottir, C. U. Chae, T. Lützkendorf, A. Passer

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Abstract

Investment decisions for buildings made today largely determine their environmental impacts over many future decades due to their long lifetimes. Such decisions involve a trade-off between additional investments today and potential savings during use and at end of life - in terms of economic costs, primary energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is suited to identify measures and action to increase the resource efficiency and the environmental performance of buildings and construction. This paper gives an overview of an ongoing international research project within the IEA EBC with the overall aim to harmonise LCA approaches on buildings and foster life cycle thinking in the real estate and construction sectors. The objectives of the project are i) to establish a common methodology guideline to assess the life cycle based environmental impacts caused by buildings, ii) to establish methods for the development of specific environmental benchmarks for different types of buildings, iii) to derive regionally differentiated guidelines and tools for the use of LCA in building design and tools such as BIM, and iv) to improve data availability by developing national or regional databases with regionally differentiated LCA data tailored to the construction sector. To ensure practical solutions a number of case studies will be used to test and illustrate the consensus approaches and research issues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Built Environment D-A-CH Conference 2019 (SBE19 Graz) : 11–14 September 2019, Graz, Austria
Number of pages10
Volume323
PublisherIOP Publishing
Publication date5 Sep 2019
Edition1
Pages1-10
Article number012042
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2019
EventSustainable Built Environment D-A-CH Conference 2019: Transition Towards a Net Zero Carbon Built Environment, SBE 2019 Graz - Graz, Austria
Duration: 11 Sep 201914 Sep 2019

Conference

ConferenceSustainable Built Environment D-A-CH Conference 2019: Transition Towards a Net Zero Carbon Built Environment, SBE 2019 Graz
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityGraz
Period11/09/201914/09/2019
SponsorBAUIMASSIVI, Beckhoff, et al., Klima- und Energiefonds, Marienhutte, Wienerberger
SeriesIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
ISSN1755-1307

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