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Environmental assessment of rebuilding and possible performance improvements effect on a national scale
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
2005 (English)In: Building and Environment, ISSN 0360-1323, E-ISSN 1873-684X, Vol. 40, no 11, 1459-1471 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with improvement on environmental significant activities related to the life supporting function "building and housing", using life cycle assessment. In the calculation, back-casting technique is utilised and implies to a future scenario, based on known technology. Besides heating, wastewater treatment is a significant issue, according to the definition of building and housing function practised. The main conclusions from the assessment are that rebuilding is an environmentally better choice than the construction of a new building, if the same essential environmentally related functional performance is achieved. Furthermore, the case study and the national estimates performed prove that the potential environmental impact can be reduced by about 70% for the heating service and 75% for the wastewater system, if the suggested measures are performed.

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2005. Vol. 40, no 11, 1459-1471 p.
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ecological sustainable building, life cycle assessment (LCA), back casting, rebuilding, multi-dwelling, energy conservation, wastewater conservation
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Building Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-38157DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2003.05.001ISI: 000231690200004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-22044451051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-38157DiVA: diva2:435936
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QC 20110822Available from: 2011-08-22 Created: 2011-08-22 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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