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Integration of LCA in the Planning Phases of Adaptive Buildings

Department of Life Cycle Engineering (GaBi), Institute for Acoustics and Building Physics (IABP), University of Stuttgart, Wankelstraße 5, 70563 Stuttgart, Germany
Institute for Engineering Design and Industrial Design (IKTD), University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 9, 70563 Stuttgart, Germany
Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 7, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Department of Life Cycle Engineering (GaBi), Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP), Nobelstraße 12, 70563 Stuttgart, Germany
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4299;
Received: 24 June 2019 / Revised: 6 August 2019 / Accepted: 6 August 2019 / Published: 8 August 2019
The high consumption of resources in the building industry requires a significant reduction of material in buildings and consequently a reduction of emissions over all phases of the life cycle. This is the aim of the Collaborative Research Centre 1244 Adaptive Skins and Structures for the Built Environment of Tomorrow, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which addresses research on the development and integration of adaptive systems in building structures and skins. New approaches in building planning are required for the implementation of adaptive buildings. Therefore, a multidisciplinary team from various fields such as architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, and system dynamics is necessary. The environmental impacts of the whole life cycle have to be considered for an integral planning process for adaptive buildings right from the beginning. For the integration of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), four temporal and content-related interfaces were identified in the planning process. Inputs and outputs of the LCA were defined for the relevant planning stages in order to enable the greatest possible benefit for the planners and to minimize the environmental impacts as far as possible. The result of the research work is a methodology that can be used in the future to reduce life cycle-related environmental impacts in the planning process of adaptive buildings (ReAdapt). View Full-Text
Keywords: LCA; planning process; adaptive buildings; environmental impacts LCA; planning process; adaptive buildings; environmental impacts
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Schlegl, F.; Honold, C.; Leistner, S.; Albrecht, S.; Roth, D.; Haase, W.; Leistner, P.; Binz, H.; Sobek, W. Integration of LCA in the Planning Phases of Adaptive Buildings. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4299.

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