Chapter 21: Application of the ten LCSA principles of the Life Cycle Initiative: the perspective of the building sector
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Due to the complexity of building processes and objects (enormous size and different materials and components), Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) can be challenging to accomplish. This chapter analyses a sample of ten published case studies addressing the building sector and develops an application for one building project in Australia to demonstrate the application of the ten LCSA principles of the Life Cycle Initiative. Results reveal that the ten principals, which are only partially applied in current practice, can enhance the identification of trade-offs between life cycle techniques. Through benchmarking with published systematic reviews, the Aluminium Hybrid Media Façade achieves a ‘medium performance’ LCSA outcome based on the aggregation of key LCSA indicators. Furthermore, a novel visualisation approach termed Life Cycle Sustainability Tracker (LCST) is developed to effectively communicate the results, especially to a non-expert audience, and visually highlight the aggregated outcome of the LCSA analysis.

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