Buildings Research Briefs

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Life Cycle Assessment for Residential Buildings: A Literature Review and Gap Analysis
March 12, 2013

What is the environmental impact of a house throughout its lifetime? This report summarizes recent research on life cycle assessment of residential buildings in order to identify gaps in...

LCA Research Brief: Quantitative Assesment of Resilience in Residential Building Envelope Systems
March 1, 2013

The intent of our research is to help designers and builders quantify the physical resilience of residential structures as a portion of the overall systems concept of resilience. Comparing this...

LCA Research Brief: Survey of LCA Tools for Residential Buildings
January 1, 2013

Through surveys, focus groups, and exploration of existing tools we are identifying the most effective ways to integrate environmental performance metrics into the design and decision making...

LCA Research Brief: The State of LCA for Residential Buildings
December 1, 2012

In order for LCA to be scaled to fit the building sector, a method is needed to calculate life cycle impacts under diverse conditions, while fully accounting for uncertainty. Policymakers,...

LCA Research Brief: Optimizing Passive Thermal Mass
August 1, 2012

The research aims to identify relationships that optimize passive thermal mass performance while maximizing energy efficiency. These have implications on the design of wall and floor systems, from...

LCA Research Brief: Quantifying Passive Thermal Mass
May 1, 2012

This research aims at identifying strategies for using concrete construction systems in homes to maximize energy efficiency. It has implications for how asnd where different wall systems are used...

LCA Research Brief: Homes: A Match for Concrete Innovation
February 1, 2012

This research aims at moving LCA in the design space of architects, engineers and developers, by quantifying the link between energy costs and architectural, materials and construction technology...

Industry Day 2011: Full Reports
August 11, 2011

Methods, Impacts, and Opportunities in the Concrete

LCA Research Brief: Accounting for Inflation in LCCA
July 1, 2011

This study examines historical data on real prices of construction materials, and finds that the assumption of constant real costs is seriously inconsistent with historical experience. Ignoring...

LCA Research Brief: Adopting a Life-Cycle Perspective
April 1, 2011

The economic and environmental impacts of infrastructure should be evaluated using a life-cycle perspective. The coupling of two methodologies — lifecycle assessment (LCA) for environmental impact...