UBC Undergraduate Research

Life cycle assessment of Chemistry building South wing Zhang, Wendi


This report is the Life Cycle Assessment associated focus on the building’s materials in production stage and construction stage for Chemistry building South wing in The University of British Columbia. The Chemistry building South wing located in 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, designed and built in 1958 to 63, cost around $1,659,665. All of the data collected was taken from structural and architectural drawings. Data adjustments and development are done by using programs called On-Screen Takeoff Pro and Athena Impact Estimator 4.2. Athena LCA database and US LCI database used as the Data Source. TRACI by US EPA used to calculate the midpoint impact to endpoint impact. Estimating Models were sorted following CIQS format into level 3 elements. The outcome of study shows among all environmental impacts, Fossil Fuel Consumption is the hotspot in production stage and construction stage. A22 Upper Floor Construction and A32 Roof construction elements are consume the most fossil fuel. Compared with the benchmark of UBC building, the emissions in production stage and construction stage of Chemistry building South wing are also higher than the average, which means there could be more environmental friendly material could be used as alternative option. 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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