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Life Cycle Assessment, an Integrated Vision to Energy Efficiency in the Building Industry

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Environmental and Human Impact of Buildings

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The evaluation of environmental aspects in the early planning phase of buildings supports the reduction of resource use and environmental impacts associated with the construction sector over the whole life-cycle of the building. In this chapter, the current calculation methodology is assessed and critically reviewed with regard to the usability option for the introduction of an automated and time efficient LCA benchmark. In order to derive a new set of benchmarks regarding the LCA, this chapter shall submit as potential data input, as it contains the conclusions of several LCA for non-residential building located in different parts of the world.

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    Greenhouse gases: a gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation. E.g. carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons.

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    Waste: a material, substances, or by-products come to its life cycle end.

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    Recycle: convert waste into reusable material.

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    Open loop production: a control system in which an input alters the output, but the output has no effect on the input.

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    Sustainability: avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

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    Secondary data: data collected through information found in publications, open literature, software.

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    Global warming potential: is a measure of how much heat a greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere relative to carbon dioxide.

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Brata, S., Ene, R.C., Dan, D., Boros, I. (2021). Life Cycle Assessment, an Integrated Vision to Energy Efficiency in the Building Industry. In: Moga, L., Șoimoșan, T.M. (eds) Environmental and Human Impact of Buildings. Springer Tracts in Civil Engineering . Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57418-5_12

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