Evaluating mitigation strategies against absolute sustainability targets: Focus on the built environment

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Abstract

The construction industry faces significant challenges in meeting the future demand for buildings while mitigating the environmental impact of their construction and operation. To effectively address these challenges, it is crucial to make
informed decisions. One valuable tool is the use of quantitative sustainability assessments, such as LCAs, to enable decision-makers to identify the most effective sustainability strategies. Traditional assessments, however, often fall short in capturing true sustainability effects. Commonly used relative assessment methods, such as benchmarking against industry standards or comparing building designs, are useful to a certain degree but fail to provide a measure of the buildings environmental performance in relation to the carrying capacity of the 'earth system' (Giesekam, Tingley and Cotton, 2018).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding A Circular Future - Insights from Interdisciplinary Reseach
Number of pages3
PublisherBLOXHUB
Publication date2024
Pages47-49
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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