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ODYM – An Open Software Framework for Studying Dynamic Material Systems. Principles, Implementation, and Data Structures

Material flow analysis (MFA) studies the stocks and flows of goods and substances in systems. The methods and algorithms of MFA have improved over the last years, but a flexible platform that integrates recent modeling advances such as simultaneous …

A general data model for socioeconomic metabolism and its implementation in an industrial ecology data commons prototype

Until this day, data in industrial ecology (IE) have been commonly seen as existing within the domain of particular methods or models, such as input–output, life cycle assessment, urban metabolism, or material flow analysis data. This artificial …

Material efficiency strategies to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with buildings, vehicles, and electronics – A review

As one quarter of global energy use serves the production of materials, the more efficient use of these materials presents a significant opportunity for the mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With the renewed interest of policy makers in …

A Database Seed for a Community-driven Material Intensity Research Platform

The data record contains Material Intensity data for buildings (MI). MI coefficients are often used for different types of analysis of socio-economic systems and in particular for environmental assessments. Until now, MI values were compiled and …

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 …

Building Inventory and Refurbishment Scenario Database Development for Switzerland

Nullius in Verba1: Advancing Data Transparency in Industrial Ecology

Modelling environmental impacts of buildings – energy, material, and dynamics

Buildings are responsible for a considerable share of global environmental impacts. Therefore, the building stock is an important stakeholder for reaching environmental targets. In Switzerland the vision of the 2000-Watt Society has been adopted by …

Environmental Impact of Buildings---What Matters?

The goal of this study was to identify drivers of environmental impact and quantify their influence on the environmental performance of wooden and massive residential and office buildings. We performed a life cycle assessment and used thermal …