A framework for sustainable and circular system design: development and application on thermal insulation materials

Circular economy is increasingly promoted as a solution to decouple economic growth and environmental impacts. To design a circular and sustainable system, a structured approach is needed. In this study, we suggest to follow a 3-step approach. First, the status quo is evaluated using environmental assessment methods. We determine current circularity (share of assessed product and material retained and further used in the system), environmental impacts, the most impactful products and processes, and assess contaminants and impurities.

Monte Carlo approach to integrated chemical, physical, and life cycle impact assessments of cement related materials

Deterministic experimental and modelling approaches to understanding cement and concrete properties have greatly advanced over many years. Presently, the physico-chemical properties of high Portland cement (PC) materials are generally well known, as …

A comparative study on the environmental impact of greenhouses: a probabilistic approach

The aim of this study is to investigate the most important drivers of environmental impacts and identify the influence of parameters on the uncertainty of the environmental impacts in various climate zones and future climate scenarios. We couple a …

Circular System Design -- Fallbeispiel Isolationsmaterialien Schweiz

Circular System Design: A case study on insulation material in Switzerland

Building material use and associated environmental impacts in China 2000-2015

Circular System Design – A Case Study on Insulation Material in Switzerland

Circular System Design – A Case Study on Insulation Material in Switzerland

Tracking Construction Material over Space and Time: Prospective and Geo-referenced Modeling of Building Stocks and Construction Material Flows

Construction material plays an increasingly important role in the environmental impacts of buildings. In order to investigate impacts of materials on a building level, we present a bottom‐up building stock model that uses three‐dimensional and …

Is a net life cycle balance for energy and materials achievable for a zero emission single-family building in Norway?