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Early-design integration of environmental criteria for digital fabrication

Agustí-Juan, I; Hollberg, A; Habert, G; (2018) Early-design integration of environmental criteria for digital fabrication. In: Caspeele, R and Taerwe, L and Frangopol, DM, (eds.) Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment in Civil Engineering: Towards an Integrated Vision: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE 2018), 28-31 October 2018, Ghent, Belgium. (pp. pp. 447-452). CRC Press: Ghent, Belgium. Green open access

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Abstract

The building industry is a traditional sector, with high environmental impacts and low productivity compared to other industries. Current research in digital fabrication is beginning to reveal its potential to improve the sustainability of the sector. However, evaluation methods are needed to quantify the actual reduction of environmental emissions compared to conventional construction. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method is commonly employed for environmental evaluation of buildings. However, research on the integration of LCA in CAD and BIM software are only partially applicable to digital fabrication, because of differences in the design process. This study presents a design-integrated method for simplified LCA with the aim of integrating environmental criteria in the decision-making and optimization of digitally fabricated architecture. Finally, the paper presents the evaluation of the case study “Mesh Mould”. The results prove the applicability of the method and highlight the environmental benefits that digital fabrication can provide.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Early-design integration of environmental criteria for digital fabrication
Event: Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE 2018)
ISBN-13: 9781138626331
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.crcpress.com/Life-Cycle-Analysis-and-A...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073901
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