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- Eco-assessment of commercial buildings
- Tucker, S. N.; Seo, S.; Ambrose, M. D.; Johnston, D. R.; Newton, Peter W.
- To assess a commercial building for the impact of the materials used in its construction on the environment is a massive task due to range and number of building products and the complexity of the building. It is essential that environmental assessments be conducted at the earliest stage of design to be able to make decisions which are difficult or impossible to change later in the design and construction process. Such a goal has been achieved by integrating several approaches into a single procedure (known as LCADesign) directly from a 3D objectoriented CAD representation which contains a wealth of building information and a life cycle inventory database of building products. The indicators of interest to construction are those which relate to consumption of resources and energy, contributions to pollution of air, water and soil, and impacts on the health and well-being of people in the built environment as a result of constructing and operating buildings. This paper outlines the approach to using Life Cycle Assessment in LCADesign, the wide range of indicators required, the types of analysis undertaken and some examples of its application to environmental assessment of commercial buildings.
- Publication type
- Conference paper
- Proceedings of the Fourth Australian Conference on Life Cycle Assessment (ALCAS 2005), Sydney, Australia, 23-25 February 2005
- Publication year
- 3D CAD; Commercial buildings; Eco-assessment; Environmental assessment; Life cycle assessment; Life cycle inventory
- Australian Life Cycle Assessment
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2005.
- Additional information
- The work reported in this paper was part of a research project conducted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation which receives funds from the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centre Program.