Special Issue "Integration of LCA and BIM for Sustainable Construction"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: life cycle assessment; climate neutral buildings; waste valorization; low carbon cement; sustainability assessment; applied clay science; earth construction; engineered natural building materials
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Interests: Life Cycle Assessment of buildings; Parametric design; Real-time analysis methods
Interests: Sustainable Construction; LCA; BIM
Digitalisation can facilitate collaborative design and could provide new opportunities for planning sustainable buildings. Especially the integration of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) into the design by means of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has the potential to facilitate environmental performance assessment. By linking material properties with the geometry, material-related environmental impacts such as embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions can be calculated based on the digital model. In addition, BIM can provide the basis for building performance simulation and therefore the environmental evaluation of the use phase of the building. Furthermore, the recycling potentials of components and their materials can be directly derived from BIM and will provide information for circular material flows. The costs of the construction throughout the life cycle can also be easily calculated based on BIM. While substantial research on frameworks has been published in the last decade and individual case studies have shown the potential of BIM for sustainable construction there are still many challenges regarding applying BIM-based environmental performance assessment and optimization on a large scale.
This Special Issue calls for papers that contribute digital approaches to a transformation to a net zero carbon built environment. These topics include, but are not limited to
- BIM-based Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and/or Life Cycle Costing (LCC)
- BIM-based building performance simulation
- BIM-based workflows for integrating sustainability assessments in the design process
- BIM-based support for building certification / sustainability assessments
- Assessing circularity based on BIM
- Visualisation and design integration of LCA/LCC results
- Optimization approaches towards life-cycle environmental performance including AI
- Tool development and parametric scripting
Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert
Dr. Alexander Hollberg
Prof. Dr. Alexander Passer
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- Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
- Life Cycle Costing (LCC)
- Sustainable Construction
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- parametric design
- building performance simulation
- embodied energy
- greenhouse gas emissions