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Proceedings of BSA Conference 2013: 1st Conference of IBPSA-Italy


Social and energy redevelopment of an old building

Stefano Fortuna, Paolo Neri, Fabio Peron

Abstract: The experiment wants to show how a projection exploiting the knowledge of the life cycle analysis of materials has less impact than the same project without the use of this kind of analysis. Recently, the life cycle analysis (LCA) has been commonly used as a check instrument in the design of new buildings, but it is not yet used regularly in existing redevelopments, most of all if they concern a very old building as the example below. The life cycle assessment was introduced in 1993 by the SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology And Chemistry) and it is a method of systematic analysis that values the environmental impacts of a product, the process of production and its activities throughout the life cycle. The life cycle of products surrounds all the phases of the production and also the use and the end of the components of the process itself. The analysis starts from the extraction of the natural resources and the production of energy for the productive process; material and energy are parts of the phases of production, transport and use, as they are part of the phase of recycling, reuse and disposal. We have decided to use a life cycle approach, because we can obtain knowledge of the damage and the environmental potentials, due to what happens in each single operative phase. Our goal is to use solid notions about the environmental impacts of a production choice like the renovation of a building from 1836.
Pages: 95 - 104