Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Precast Concrete Commercial Buildings

This article presents findings from a comparative life-cycle assessment of a precast concrete commercial building. The environmental performance of the building is evaluated, comparing the performance of precast concrete relative to alternative structural and envelope systems. Fifteen design cases with 5 different building envelopes and 3 different structural systems are assessed. An evaluation of the environmental impact of using double tee beams instead of hollow-core planks for the floors is also carried out via sensitivity analysis. Results of the study indicate that the environmental performance of precast concrete buildings is competitive and can be improved. The study also reveals that the Operating Energy stage, which refers to the operating of the building over its lifetime, has the greatest overall impact on environmental performance.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 55-59
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01520570
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2014 9:17PM