Life-Cycle Assessment of Buildings
Report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub: Methods, Impacts, and Opportunities in the Concrete Building Life Cycle
The heating, cooling, and general operations of buildings and homes in the United States account for approximately 70% of national energy consumption each year and more than 40% of carbon dioxide emissions generated in the U.S. Buildings create more carbon dioxide emissions than either transportation or industrial sources.
The need to decrease energy usage and subsequent emissions from the building sector has been at the forefront of U.S. green movement. Not only has energy reduction been viewed as a step for improving the environment, it has financial benefits for companies and homeowners.
To address this, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Concrete Sustainability Hub conducted a life-cycle assessment (LCA) study to evaluate and improve the environmental impact and study how the “dual use” aspect of concrete – its ability to offer a highly resilient structure while providing thermal mass benefits for energy loads – impacts the environmental footprint of the structure.
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