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Analysis of the Characteristics of Environmental Impacts According to the Cut-Off Criteria Applicable to the Streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of Apartment Buildings in South Korea

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Greeners Corporation, Ansan 15455, Korea
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Department of Architectural Engineering, Songwon University, Nam-gu, Gwangju 61756, Korea
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School of Architecture, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi 39177, Korea
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Department of Architectural Engineering, Kangwon National University, Samcheok 25913, Korea
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Academic Editor: Manuel Duarte Pinheiro
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2898; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052898
Received: 22 February 2021 / Revised: 2 March 2021 / Accepted: 2 March 2021 / Published: 8 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Built Environment)
This study analyzed the characteristics of the environmental impacts of apartment buildings, a typical housing type in South Korea, as part of a research project supporting the streamlined life cycle assessment (S-LCA) of buildings within the G-SEED (Green Standard for Energy and Environmental Design) framework. Three recently built apartment building complexes were chosen as study objects for the quantitative evaluation of the buildings in terms of their embodied environmental impacts (global warming potential, acidification potential, eutrophication potential, ozone layer depletion potential, photochemical oxidant creation potential, and abiotic depletion potential), using the LCA approach. Additionally, we analyzed the emission trends according to the cut-off criteria of the six environmental impact categories by performing an S-LCA with cut-off criteria 90–99% of the cumulative weight percentile. Consequently, we were able to present the cut-off criterion best suited for S-LCA and analyze the effect of the cut-off criteria on the environmental impact analysis results. A comprehensive environmental impact analysis of the characteristics of the six environmental impact categories revealed that the error rate was below 5% when the cut-off criterion of 97.5% of the cumulative weight percentile was applied, thus verifying its validity as the optimal cut-off criterion for S-LCA. View Full-Text
Keywords: streamlined life cycle assessment; environmental impacts; cut-off criteria; apartment buildings streamlined life cycle assessment; environmental impacts; cut-off criteria; apartment buildings
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Kim, R.; Lim, M.-K.; Roh, S.; Park, W.-J. Analysis of the Characteristics of Environmental Impacts According to the Cut-Off Criteria Applicable to the Streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of Apartment Buildings in South Korea. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2898. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052898

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Kim R, Lim M-K, Roh S, Park W-J. Analysis of the Characteristics of Environmental Impacts According to the Cut-Off Criteria Applicable to the Streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of Apartment Buildings in South Korea. Sustainability. 2021; 13(5):2898. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052898

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Kim, Rakhyun, Myung-Kwan Lim, Seungjun Roh, and Won-Jun Park. 2021. "Analysis of the Characteristics of Environmental Impacts According to the Cut-Off Criteria Applicable to the Streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of Apartment Buildings in South Korea" Sustainability 13, no. 5: 2898. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052898

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