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Sustainability 2016, 8(12), 1275; doi:10.3390/su8121275

Life-Cycle Assessment of Seismic Retrofit Strategies Applied to Existing Building Structures

Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125 Naples, Italy
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Received: 4 October 2016 / Revised: 10 November 2016 / Accepted: 30 November 2016 / Published: 8 December 2016
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Abstract

In the last few years, the renovation and refurbishment of existing buildings have become the main activities of the construction industry. In particular, many studies have recently focused on the mechanical and energy performances of existing retrofitted/refurbished facilities, while some research has addressed the environmental effects of such operations. The present study aims to assess the environmental impact of some retrofit interventions on an existing reinforced concrete (RC) building. Once the structural requirements have been satisfied and the environmental effects of these retrofit solutions defined, the final purpose of this study is to identify the most environmentally sustainable retrofit strategy. The environmental impact of the structural retrofit options is assessed using a life-cycle assessment (LCA). This paper sets out a systematic approach that can be adopted when choosing the best structural retrofit option in terms of sustainability performance. The final aim of the study is to also provide a tool for researchers and practitioners that reflects a deep understanding of the sustainability aspects of retrofit operations and can be used for future researches or practical activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; life-cycle assessment; retrofit strategies; existing buildings sustainability; life-cycle assessment; retrofit strategies; existing buildings
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Vitiello, U.; Salzano, A.; Asprone, D.; Di Ludovico, M.; Prota, A. Life-Cycle Assessment of Seismic Retrofit Strategies Applied to Existing Building Structures. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1275.

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