Methods, tools and strategies

Although the usage of resources is back on the agenda of various stakeholders, there is still little knowledge of how to assess the environmental impact associated with the use of material resources. The abiotic depletion potential (ADP), which is recommended by ISO/TC 350 for the environmental life cycle impact assessment of construction materials and buildings, obviously has major limitations. Since life cycle assessment (LCA) is being increasingly used to support building certifications and the environmental product declarations (EPDs) of construction materials, more appropriate methods need to be developed. The same is true at city, region and country level. Urban metabolism is one approach with which to address the aforementioned aim. However, the existing methodology also needs to be improved. This activity offers synergies with the Climate-KIC flagship project called Smart Sustainable Districts (SSD) as well the research cooperation with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration on the “ferry-free road, E39”.
 

Key researchers

Paula Femenias, Dept of Architecture
Liane Thuvander, Dept of Architecture
Ulrika Lundqvist, Dept of Energy and Environment
John Holmberg, Dept of Energy and Environment
Rickard Arvidsson, Dept of Energy and Environment
Henrikke Baumann, Dept of Energy and Environment
Leonardo Rosado, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Yuliya Kalmykova, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jun Kono, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Magnus Österbring, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Holger Wallbaum, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
 

Funded by or in collaboration with

E2B2 Programme
Horizon 2020
Tengbom
HSB Living Lab
Urban Metabolism Group
Climate-KIC

Published: Wed 18 May 2016. Modified: Fri 01 Sep 2017