WIT Press

Environmentally-conscious Design And Life Cycle Assessment

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/EENV030031

Volume

62

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

432.14 kb

Author(s)

B. De Benedetti, G. L. Baldo & S. Rossi

Abstract

Environmentally-conscious design and Life Cycle Assessment B. De ~enedetti', G. L. ~ a l d o ~ & S. ~ o s s i ~ I Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy Life Cycle Engineering, Torino, Italy Abstract The use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for materials/product design is increasing in relevance at the European building industry level. The possibility to investigate the environmental burden of materials and products for building construction, either for civil or industrial use, is a practice that can help the designer in the selection of solutions able to provide lower environmental impacts during construction and the use phase. Taking into account the wide availability of different materials, their selection in the case of buildings is a particularly difficult performance issue because a single building results from the combination of many possibilities. First of all the designer has to select functions that can be realised with the use of differe

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