Integration of Building Simulation and Life Cycle Assessment: A TRNSYS Application

Maurizio Cellura, Giovanni Tumminia, Francesco Guarino, Teresa Maria Gulotta, Sonia Longo, Marco Ferraro, Marina Mistretta, Vincenzo Antonucci

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Abstract

The study proposes a tool developed within the TRNSYS environment aimed at integrating its building simulation features during the use phase with a Life Cycle Assessment approach. The tool can be used to investigate the relevance of each life-cycle step of the building on the primary energy consumption and global warming potential. The Life Cycle stages can be modelled with different approaches: direct input of the embodied energy and global warming potential values for each life cycle step as defined in the EN 15978, use of an internal database of embodied energy and global warming potential of construction materials and energy systems, direct connections of building simulation outputs to the tool for the use phase. The proposed component is able to model correctly the LCA of a case study, obtaining negligible deviations from the results of a LCA study performed with a state of the art LCA software (lower than 0.05% for all impacts).
Lingua originaleEnglish
Pagine360-367
Numero di pagine8
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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