The role of life cycle assessment in the decarbonization of the building sector
Seminar with Maurizio Cellura Full professor of Building Physics and Energy Systems at the University of Palermo
Prof. Gianandrea Blengini moderates the discussion
The building sector is one of the most relevant sectors in terms of generation of wealth and occupation, but it is also responsible of relevant consumption of natural resources and generation of environmental impacts.
In the European Union, the building sector is responsible of around 50 to 60% of the use of natural resources, and these percentages will not decrease, without the development of strategies oriented to the reduction of the use of fossil fuels and to the increase in the use of renewable energy technologies.
In order to improve the eco-profile of the building sector, the reduction of the use of resources and the minimization of environmental impacts have become in the last years one of the main objectives to achieve in the design of sustainable buildings.
In particular, the application of the Life Cycle Thinking, through the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach is needed for a concrete decarbonization and application of the circular economy principles to the building sector.
The application of the LCA methodology to the building sector can be a useful tool to assess, according to a detailed and reliable approach, the eco-profile of buildings and construction materials.
The seminar will discuss these topics on both a methodological and practical approach.