Integrating eco-efficiency assessment of commercial buildings into the design process : LCADesign

Tucker, S.N, Ambrose, M.D, & Johnston, D.R (2003) Integrating eco-efficiency assessment of commercial buildings into the design process : LCADesign. In CIB 2003 International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 19−21 November 2003, Brisbane.


The ability to assess a commercial building for its impact on the environment at the earliest stage of design is a goal which is achievable by integrating several approaches into a single procedure directly from the 3D CAD representation. Such an approach enables building design professionals to make informed decisions on the environmental impact of building and its alternatives during the design development stage instead of at the post-design stage where options become limited. The indicators of interest are those which relate to consumption of resources and energy, contributions to pollution of air, water and soil, and impacts on the health and wellbeing of people in the built environment as a result of constructing and operating buildings. 3D object-oriented CAD files contain a wealth of building information which can be interrogated for details required for analysis of the performance of a design. The quantities of all components in the building can be automatically obtained from the 3D CAD objects and their constituent materials identified to calculate a complete list of the amounts of all building products such as concrete, steel, timber, plastic etc. When this information is combined with a life cycle inventory database, key internationally recognised environmental indicators can be estimated. Such a fully integrated tool known as LCADesign has been created for automated ecoefficiency assessment of commercial buildings direct from 3D CAD. This paper outlines the key features of LCADesign and its application to environmental assessment of commercial buildings.

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ID Code: 27428
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program B : Sustainable Built Assets , Project 2001-006-B : Environmental Assessment Systems for Commercial Buildings LCADesign
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