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Incorporating life cycle assessment into the LEED Green Building rating system

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dc.contributor.author Optis, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-12T23:57:06Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-12T23:57:06Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008-08-12T23:57:06Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1059
dc.description.abstract Reused, recycled and regional product criteria within the LEED Green Building rating system are not based on comprehensive environmental assessments and do not ensure a measurable and consistent reduction of environmental burdens. A life cycle assessment (LCA) was conducted for the LEED-certified Medical Sciences Building at the University of Victoria to illustrate how LCA can be used to improve these criteria. It was found that a lack of public LCA data for building products, insufficient reporting transparency and inconsistent data collection methodologies prevent a full incorporation of LCA into LEED. At present, LCA data can be used to determine what building products are generally associated with the highest environmental burdens per unit cost and thus require separate LEED criteria. Provided its deficiencies are rectified in the future, LCA can be fully incorporated into LEED to design environmental burden-based criteria that ensure a measurable and consistent reduction of environmental burdens. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject life cycle assessment en_US
dc.subject LEED en_US
dc.subject LCA en_US
dc.subject buildings en_US
dc.subject environmental performance en_US
dc.subject energy en_US
dc.subject carbon dioxide emissions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Engineering::Environmental engineering en_US
dc.title Incorporating life cycle assessment into the LEED Green Building rating system en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Wild, Peter
dc.contributor.supervisor Shaw, Karena
dc.degree.department Dept. of Mechanical Engineering en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Applied Science M.A.Sc. en_US


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