Title: Integrated method to evaluate the sustainability of different dwelling tyeps
Authors: Spirinckx, Carolin
Geerken, Theo
Vercalsteren, An
Putzeys, Katrien
Allacker, Karen
De Troyer, Frank #
Issue Date: 14-Apr-2009
Publisher: Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society
Host Document: 6th Australian Conference on Life Cycle Assessment, Conference Proceedings, Melbourne: Sustainability Tools for a New Climate pages:13p
Conference: 6th Australian Conference on Life Cycle Assessment edition:6 location:Melbourne date:16-19 February 2009
Abstract: The four-year project SuFiQuaD has started in 2007 to develop a methodology that can be
applied to optimize the Belgian dwelling stock. The aim of the project is to optimize
buildings considering their environmental impact, their financial cost and the quality they
offer over the whole life cycle, from the production of primary raw materials to the final
demolition and end-of-life treatment. In the first phase of the project the optimization
methodology is developed: environmental impacts are analyzed by means of a life cycle
assessment (LCA). The environmental impacts are then translated into environmental costs
using a monetary valuation of the environmental impacts; financial costs are calculated
based on life cycle cost (LCC) analyses; and the quality evaluation is based on multi-criteria
analyses. The optimization of the three aspects (environmental costs, financial costs and
qualities) is based on a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA). By means of the CBA it is possible to
identify the highest marginal quality improvement for the lowest additional financial and
environmental costs. The developed methodology is translated into a work instrument and
applied in this first phase of the project to a limited selection of dwelling types. In the
second phase of the project, the methodology and work instrument will be applied to a
series of representative dwelling types for the Belgian dwelling stock. This paper elaborates
on the developed methodology and the results of the first implementation with some
selected dwelling types.
ISBN: 978-0-9757231-2-8
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Research Group CAAD, Design- and Building Methodology (-)
Department of Architecture - miscellaneous
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