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Autodesk Webcast Replay: Lifecycle Assessment and BIM for Sustainability

By Sustainable Minds on October 20, 2010

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Robert E. Middlebrooks AIA, Industry Strategy and Relations Manager from Autodesk's AEC Solutions, gave a compelling talk on BIM & LCA. More than 1200 people attended! He demonstrates a great project he built in Sustainable Minds showing how he evaluated the impacts from a flooring system.

AEC professionals are well aware that designing sustainably is key to achieving environmental goals. Architects, engineers, construction professionals and building owners must focus on the best decisions during conception, design, construction and operations in order to support sustainability objectives. Since new buildings and renovation projects will serve their occupants for decades, the overall cost in resources and the environmental impact of operations and maintenance must outweigh the initial costs of construction.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology that considers the resource impacts of a product or service from inception to end. In a typical building project, the complexity of the supply chain and the fragmented nature of the process pose challenges to implementing a methodology like LCA. Yet, there is mounting research activity and industry interest that supports the benefits of an LCA process. BIM technology supports LCA by helping to answer complex questions about project information and buildings operations processes.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has created a formal collection of standards for evaluating environmental impacts. These standards offer a framework for assessing product environmental impact from materials extraction and processing, through product use, de-commissioning or discarding.

There are also emerging companies, such as Sustainable Minds, which deliver web-based software and services which support Life Cycle Assessment in design and help companies consider the implications of early stage LCA. As connections evolve between technology and assessment approaches like LCA, and as new organizations emerge to support and evangelize LCA, customers will have the tools to make the best decisions about design and construction, leading to more efficient building processes & performance, and supporting goals for sustainability.

 

Comments

Posted by Katia on Dec 12, 2012

I am trying to download this webcast, but the link seems to be non available. Could you send me the correct link or fix the link above?

Thank you for your attention.

Katia Miller
PhD Student in Architecture and Urbanism at UnB

Posted by Haris on Mar 21, 2011

I am conducting an LCA based research on different construction habits and techniques. In concrete terms, I am comparing three (3) ways of conceiving and constructing a similar structure (house) in the same geographical region housing a household (2 parents 2 children

I quite quickly came to realise that the parameters to consider, and the affecting variables and different factors build a hard equation ton resolve for one man.

I am currently trying to make sense out of my data. I am therefore wondering if there is adapted tool, such as sustainable minds, for architecture/dwelling conception construction ?

Haris
Interior Designer
M.Sc.A. Environmental Design

Posted by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2010

Interesting.

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