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Improvement of Energy Efficiency in the Building Life-Cycle. Study of Cases

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The study of energy efficiency through life cycle assessment—LCA— unlike other researches that focus on minimizing direct energy consumption only during exploitation and maintenance phase, allows to evaluate the environmental impact of a building in all its phases, considering the energy incorporated in all the processes involved, from the manufacture of its components, its construction, and subsequent use until the end of its life—dismantlement—. Beginning with the study of a couple of cases, a Sports Complex and a Center for Children Education in their drafting phases of the executive project—stage in which the design team defines the technical specifications— and in order to bring on the design not only of more efficient buildings but also more sustainable ones, a series of alternative constructive solutions—building envelope and lighting and air-conditioning facilities— are proposed to those originally prescribed, which, although they meet the minimum legal requirements, can be optimized considering not only the costs incurred in the operations and the energy efficiency in service but also the whole LCA, concluding that it is necessary to take this factor into account when defining priorities and actions in terms of energetic sustainability.

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Piñero-Vilela, J.M., Fernández-Domínguez, J.J., Cerezo-Narváez, A., Otero-Mateo, M. (2021). Improvement of Energy Efficiency in the Building Life-Cycle. Study of Cases. In: Ayuso Muñoz, J.L., Yagüe Blanco, J.L., Capuz-Rizo, S.F. (eds) Project Management and Engineering Research. Lecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54410-2_30

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