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2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AE 6460 - Life Cycle Assessment of Building Systems

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Life cycle assessment allows the engineer to model and simulate the environmental and dollar cost of a building. Topics include impacts associated with procurement, construction, operation, and decommissioning of buildings. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand how the tools of Life Cycle Inventory (LCI), Life Cycle Impacts Assessment (LCIA), and Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) are useful when planning and designing a green building or green infrastructure project
  • Understand the basic elements required when performing an ISO I4040 compliant Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA)
  • Perform a Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) on a building or infrastructure system
  • Perform a Life Cycle Impacts Assessment (LCIA) on a building or infrastructure system
  • Identify common risks and liabilities associated with a green infrastructure or building project and assign costs associated with such risks and liabilities
  • Perform a Life Cycle Cost Assessment on a building or infrastructure project, accounting for uncertainties associated with future costs and discount rates using Monte Carlo simulation techniques

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Building systems

Course Topics
  • What is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)?
  • Designing for sustainability
  • ISO 14040 Standards for LCA
  • Quantifying environmental impacts
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Risks and liabilities associated with building and infrastructure projects
  • Deterministic vs. stochastic LCCA Models
  • How to use Monte Carlo simulations
  • LCA case studies

Dr. Deborah Jackman

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