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Life cycle assessment of Frederic Lasserre Building at University of British Columbia Ranjbar, Sahar


The LCA analysis of Frederick Lasserre building was conducted using the OnScreen TakeOff Pro software to perform analysis on the structural drawing of the Frederick Lasserre building. The data collected from OnScreen TakeOff pro are then entered into the Impact Estimator (IE). The environmental impact of the data is then quantified through IE which uses the Athena LCI database and the TRACI impact assessment methodology. Bill of Material (BoM), Summary Measures and Absolute Energy reports which were generated by IE were used in the environmental impact analysis of the Frederick Lassere building. These reports were used to perform sensitivity analysis and building performance on the Frederick Lasserre building. BoM report which is a list of the materials which were used in construction of the building and summary measure report data were used in sensitivity analysis. Through this analysis it was found that rebar has the highest environmental impact out of five other materials which were chosen from the Lasserre building for the purpose of sensitivity analysis. The building performance analysis was done on the original Frederick Lasserre building and the upgraded Lasserre building. The upgraded Lasserre building surface areas where insulated so that the building meets the REAP standards. It was found that the energy payback period of the improved Lassere building would be 4 months. From the analysis, it is recommended that further research be conducted into envelope performance upgrades. 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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