The Importance of Integrating LCA into the LEED Rating System

The Importance of Integrating LCA into the LEED Rating System

8 Pages · 2016 · 399 KB · English

Electrical consumption was based on 2012- 2013 estimated at (8,576,763 kWh). ATHENA®. Impact Estimator software version 4.5 was used for LCA analysis. 1.6. Centennial College: LEED Gold building. The Library building at Centennial College is located in Toronto, Ontario. The four-story building 

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Procedia Engineering 145 ( 2016 ) 844 – 851 18777058 © 2016 The Authors Published by Elsevier Ltd This is an open access article under the CC BYNCND license (http://creativecommonsorg/licenses/byncnd/40/) Peerreview under responsibility of the organizing committee of ICSDEC 2016doi: 101016/jproeng201604110 ScienceDirect Available online at wwwsciencedirectcom International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construc\ tion The Importance of Integrating LCA into the LEED Rating System Hamoud Dekkiche*, Ali Taileb "School of Architecture & Interior Design, Canadian University of Dubai, PO Box 117781, Dubai, UAE" Durham College, School of Science and Engineerin g, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby, Canada, ON L1N 6A7 Abstract LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system that rates green buildings; LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) is a tool to evaluate the environmental impacts of building materials The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of integrating LCA into LEED to enhance its rating syst em The LEED Gold building presented in this research is the Centennial College Progress Campus located in Toronto, Canada Using ATHENA® Impact Estimator version 45 to conduct the LCA, this study analyses how different build ing envelope solutions and building materials affect the results of the \ environment al assessment of a whole building over the building's life cycle of 60, 80 and 120 years Environmental impact assessment of LEED buildings is discussed, further research topics are suggested ; for example how to develop specific LCA software tools and integrate them into LCA analysis for green building rating system © 2015 The Authors Published by Elsevier Ltd Peerreview under responsibility of organizing committee of the International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction 2015 Keywords: LEED, LCA, Life Cycle Assessment, green buildings 1 Introduction LEED is becoming in many countries the tool for rati ng green buildings The aim of rating building is to minimise their environmental impact s and create more sustainable buildings Thus, architects through their architectural design and selection of ma terials would create sustainable designs * Corresponding author Tel: 971 4 7096 159; Email addresses: [email protected] (Hamoud Dekkiche), a [email protected] (Ali Taileb) © 2016 The Authors Published by Elsevier Ltd This is an open access article under the CC BYNCND license (http://creativecommonsorg/licenses/byncnd/40/) Peer review under responsibility of the organizing committee of ICSDEC 2016 845 Hamoud Dekkiche and Ali Taileb / Procedia Engineering 145 ( 2016 ) 844 – 851 11 Sustainable development Sustainable development is a way of human development in which uses of resources clearly intent to meet needs of present human generation without any compromise to meet the needs of future generation meanwhile safeguarding the sustainability of natural systems and the environment Green buildings are constructed by considering efficient and responsible use of resources along with environmentally responsible processes throughout a building’s life cycle; Starting form site selection, design process, construction, operation, maintenance and demolition This needs an integrated approach which emphasis on creating strong integrated loop between all the team members involved in the project at all different project stages[1] The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concer ns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort[2] 12 Green Building and Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) Green buildings are becoming an important aspect in one’s life in construction industry As a result, construction industry is seeing a large surge in green building program s and initiatives especially across developed countries Owners and Investors are being

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