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LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) comparison of a typical single storey building

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"With the introduction of Green Building Labels such as “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) and even more with second generation Sustainable Building Labels such as ”Deutsches Gütesiegel Nachhaltiges Bauen” (DGNB) life cycle assessment (LCA) has become an integral part of the sustainability assessment of buildings. Evaluation and DGNB-labeling of industrial buildings started 2009 in Germany and requires LCA studies for those type of buildings.

To gain knowledge about the environmental impacts of different construction methods for single storey industrial buildings different types of constructions are considered. The focus is here on the structural frame and the employed construction products. In addition, LCA of several types of building envelopes are compared as well as effects of transport. "

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