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Life cycle assessment of Chemistry Building North Block Weng, Minge


Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) evaluates the environmental impacts of the inputs and outputs of a product system. 22 buildings on University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus were chosen to complete this study. The study is to peek into LCA by investigating the environmental impacts of buildings using current LCA methods. The works were executed as part of the study for CIVL 498. As the LCA project of this course has been ran for a few years, this study was based on the results of previous years of study. This year it mainly focused on evaluating the impacts of the selected buildings and improving quality of the data. Two main software tools are to be utilized to complete this LCA study; OnCenter’s OnScreen TakeOff (OST) and the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute’s Impact Estimator (IE) for buildings. OST performed the material take-off of the building then its output were input into Athena IE to analyze the impacts. Detailed assessment methods were described in section 6.0 and the results of this study are displaying under section 7.0. 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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