Building envelopes: A comparison of impacts on environment

Rahman Azari, Rogelio Palomera-Arias

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Abstract

The key objective of the present study is to compare two types of building envelopes, glass curtain walls and insulated brick walls with windows, as applied on a hypothetical building case, with respect to their life-cycle energy and environmental impacts. An integrated energy and environmental Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology was applied to achieve the research objective. LCA analysis is accomplished in four stages: goal and scope definition, inventory modeling, impact assessment, and interpretation of results. The impacts were assessed in three categories of fossil fuel consumption, global warming, and ozone depletion. We conclude that a brick wall system with window primarily consisting of brick veneer, air gap, polystyrene insulation, concrete block and gypsum plasterboard will result in lower environmental impacts in all categories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAEI 2015
Subtitle of host publicationBirth and Life of the Integrated Building - Proceedings of the AEI Conference 2015
EditorsChristopher H. Raebel
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages230-236
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479070
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
EventArchitectural Engineering National Conference 2015: Birth and Life of the Integrated Building, AEI 2015 - Milwaukee, United States
Duration: Mar 24 2015Mar 27 2015

Publication series

NameAEI 2015: Birth and Life of the Integrated Building - Proceedings of the AEI Conference 2015

Other

OtherArchitectural Engineering National Conference 2015: Birth and Life of the Integrated Building, AEI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMilwaukee
Period3/24/153/27/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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