UBC Undergraduate Research

Life cycle assessment : Wesbrook building Wang, Weicen


The objective of this LCA study is to analysis the environmental impacts, which come from product manufacturing and construction process, of the Wesbrook building, which is located at 6174 University Blvd. This building is one lf the oldest academic buildings in the UBC Vancouver campus. The methods for this study are carried of from general information assessment to the statement of boundaries and scenarios used in the assessment. On- Screen Takeoff is used here for building measurement, in order to get better accuracy. Then all the IE inputs and assumptions are put into Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings, which has one of the largest Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) database in North America, to get the environmental impacts from different impact categories. This study showed that the reinforced concrete and the modular clay brick structural system contributed the most to the final environmental impacts of the Wesbrook building, and Global Warming Pretention is the biggest impact category in this module. The result of this study can be used for decision makers and further LCA study. 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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