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Comparative study of the life cycle profile of residential masonry and steel framed buildings in Belgium

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  • Life-Cycle Analysis
  • Building
  • Steel Framed
  • Masonry
  • Engineering
  • Computing & Technology :: Architecture [C02]
  • Ingénierie
  • Informatique & Technologie :: Architecture [C02]
  • Design


This study presents the life cycle assessment (LCA) of two buildings similar in dimensions, orientations, climate and purpose but designed for Belgium using two different construction systems: traditional masonry made of concrete blocks, insulation and ceramic bricks and light gauge steel framing as the load carrying component. The comparison between the LCA focuses on the CO2 emission equivalent for each building’s life cycle. After a short sensitivity analysis, the results of the assessment are compared against each other and the conclusions are presented.

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