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A Whole LCA of the Sustainable Aspects of Structural Systems in Tall Buildings
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A Whole LCA of the Sustainable Aspects of Structural Systems in Tall Buildings
Trabucco, Dario; Wood, Antony; Vassart, Olivier; Popa, Nicoletta;
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 Abstract
This paper summarizes the results of a two-year-long research project conducted by the CTBUH on the life cycle assessment (LCA) of tall building structural systems. The research project was made possible thanks to a $300,000 contribution from ArcelorMittal and the support of some of the most important structural engineering firms and players in the tall building industry. The research analyzed all life phases of a tall building`s structural system: the extraction and production of its materials, transportation to the site, construction operations, final demolition of the building, and the end-of-life of the materials. The impact of the building structure during the operational phase (i.e., impact on daily energy consumption, maintenance, and suitability to changes) was also investigated, but no significant impacts were identified during this phase.
 Keywords
Embodied energy;Life cycle analysis;Structural engineering;Sustainability;
 Language
English
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