A contextual approach to environmental impact assessment
Author: Ries, Robert
Source: International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, Volume 2, Numbers 1-2, 21 July 2003 , pp. 8-21(14)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:This paper presents an environmental impact assessment method implemented in a computational tool for the environmental evaluation of building designs. The method is an extension of a traditional material‐focused life cycle analysis (LCA), and is based on a spatial allocation for emissions and resource usage. The implementation described here uses a model of an evaluative environment, which allows for the consideration of the rate and the spatial distribution of an environmental load in the indicator calculation.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 949 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261-2294, USA
Publication date: July 21, 2003
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