UBC Undergraduate Research

Life Cycle Analysis : Forest Sciences Centre Lin, Chu


In this paper, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is carried out to assess the environmental impacts of the Forestry Science Center (FSC), which is located at the University of British Columbia (UBC). LCA processes and methodologies applied are discussed in detail. The scope of this project is defined as cradle-to-gate. In particular, takeoff is done by using OnScreen and impacts are estimated by using Impact Estimator (IE). Due to the limitation of the software and lack of the construction drawings of the building, uncertainties are introduced into the final results. Sensitivity analysis is performed for five specific building materials of FSC, in order to achieve a better understanding of the contribution to the environmental impact. In conclusion, concrete has the most significant impacts on the overall results. Furthermore, building performance is carried out to explore the payback period of envelope upgrades in terms of energy consumption. Recommendation is then made regarding to the future renovation to FSC or similar building type constructions. Note this project is part of a regionalized study of buildings at UBC, which is also the largest LCA analysis run by students. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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