Special Issue "Standards and Developments in the Field of Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment of the Construction Sector"

A special issue of Standards (ISSN 2305-6703). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Standards".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 240

Special Issue Editors

Centre for Territory, Environment and Construction (CTAC), University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: sustainable buildings, durability of concrete structures; chloride transportation; carbonation; supplementary cementitious materials; energy efficiency of buildings; vernacular architecture
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Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Escola de Engenharia,‎ 4800-058 Guimarães‎, Portugal
Interests: sustainable construction; sustainability assessment; life cycle analysis; multi-criteria decision support methods for sustainable construction; vernacular construction
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Centre of Territory, Environment and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Escola de Engenharia,‎ 4800-058 Guimarães‎, Portugal
Interests: sustainable unconventional materials; earthen construction; hemp based materials; durability of materials; sustainable construction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world has become increasingly focused on sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of products and services, and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has become an important tool for evaluating the environmental performance of products and processes, including those related to the construction sector.

LCA is a technique used to evaluate the environmental impacts of a product or service throughout its entire life cycle, from raw material extraction to end-of-life or recycling. It provides a comprehensive and holistic view of a product's environmental performance, considering factors such as energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and resource use.

There are currently several international standards for conducting LCA, including ISO 14040 and 14044, which provide guidelines for conducting LCAs in a consistent and transparent manner. However, there are ongoing debates within the LCA community about the best ways to conduct LCAs in complex products such as buildings and how to improve the accuracy and reliability of the results. One of the most important challenges nowadays is to find specific life cycle data of most construction materials to conduct accurate life cycle analysis at the building and other constructions scale.

Topics covered in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of LCA in the construction sector;
  • The strengths and limitations of using the LCA method in the construction sector;
  • The use of LCA in policy and decision-making;
  • The integration of LCA with Building Sustainability Assessment (BSA);
  • The role of LCA in BSA;
  • The role of LCA in driving innovation and sustainable product design;
  • Development and trends to straightforward the use of LCA in the construction sector;
  • The strengths and limitations of using the LCA method in natural-based materials.

Dr. Raphaele Malheiro
Dr. Ricardo Mateus
Dr. Rute Eires
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sustainability
  • methodologies
  • standards
  • materials
  • new products

Published Papers

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