2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
    Dec 01, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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AE 6461 - Life Cycle Assessment of Building and Infrastructure Systems

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Life cycle assessment and costing allow the engineer to effectively model both the environmental and economic impacts of a building or infrastructure system. Topics covered include 1) an introduction to the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment protocols for quantifying environmental life cycle impacts, 2) introduction to the Economic Input Output (EIO) method for quantifying environmental life cycle impacts, 3) a review of life cycle cost modelling using the net present value technique and applied specifically to green building and infrastructure projects as a means to justify potentially higher first costs of such projects, 4) a survey of green rating systems such as LEED, Green Globes, and Envision and discussion of how these rating systems incorporate the principles of life cycle assessment, 5) introduction to risk management as applied to green building and infrastructure projects, with particular emphasis on how risks affect the life cycle cost modelling for such projects, 6) strategies for quantifying uncertainties in the life cycle cost modelling of green building and infrastructure projects, including use of Monte Carlo simulation, 7) an introduction to software packages used to assist in LCA modelling, and 8) building and infrastructure case studies of life cycle assessment and life cycle cost modelling. (prereq: graduate standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
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Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Coordinator
Dr. Deborah Jackman



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