Innovative Building Technologies and Technical Equipment Towards Sustainable Construction: A Comparative LCA and LCC Assessment

Alexander Passer, Gernot Fischer, Richard Deutsch, Petra Sölkner, Sebastian Spaun

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Increasingly common building sustainability assessments include more and more the environmental, economic and socio-cultural performance in addition to the functional and technical ones. However, the influence of construction technologies and their technical building equipment as well as the way in which they vary depending on different energetic standards have not been described systematically in literature. For this reason, we evaluated the influence of these aspects and the impact on the environmental and economic performance of residential buildings.
The life cycle performance of 45 variants of a residential building was evaluated by applying the methodology of life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) using quantitative assessment indicators proposed by the current European framework (EN 15643). The variants consist of four main construction types (brick, concrete, wood-chip concrete and prefab timber wood construction) in combination with different energetic standards (low to plus energy) and different technical building systems (pellets, heat pump, solar heating and photovoltaic). This led to a model that displays the existing technical variety in Europe.
The comprehensive results show a high optimization potential for the life cycle performance of buildings in general. However, the variation of the technical building equipment and energy standards lead to a higher improvement potential than the use of different construction techniques. Results also indicate that the use of a plus energy standard does not prove to be optimal in all cases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Building Technologies and Technical Equipment Towards Sustainable Construction: A Comparative LCA and LCC Assessment (2017)
PublisherHong Kong Green Building Council Limited
Pages2779 - 2785
ISBN (Electronic)978- 988-77943-0-1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
EventWorld Sustainable Built Environment Conference: WSBE 2017 - Convention Hall, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 5 Jun 20177 Jun 2017


ConferenceWorld Sustainable Built Environment Conference
Abbreviated titleWSBE 2017
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • life-cycle assessment
  • embodied energy
  • building technologies

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems

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