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The Importance Of Building Life Cycle Assessment

Building life cycle assessment is a methodology that is used to measure the environmental impact and energy consumption of a building throughout its entire lifespan, typically across 50 years. The whole use of the building is taken into account for a more realistic portrayal of overall environmental impact, shifting focus away from only looking at carbon emissions produced during the material manufacturing phase. Conducting building life cycle assessments allows us to identify which phases of the build are energy efficient or inefficient, which areas could show improvement, as well as study different construction systems to see which construction materials perform better or worse at various points of the building lifespan. By analysing energy usage across the lifespan of a building we are able to select more environmentally responsible and sustainable construction solutions that result in a reduction of carbon emissions in New Zealand’s building industry.

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