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Life cycle analysis and specialist geotechnical works: development of an operational calculation tool

Author(s): A. Requin, M. Lasne
Paper category: symposium
Book title: International Symposium on Life Cycle Assessment and Construction – Civil engineering and buildings
Editor(s): A. Ventura and C. de la Roche
Print ISBN: 978-2-35158-127-8
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-128-5
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Pages: 179 – 186
Total Pages: 8
Language: English

Abstract: The use of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) by construction companies is a sound approach yet with multiple issues. A variety of methodologies, indicators and databases exist all over the world. Companies must therefore make choices and assumptions in order to adapt LCA to their operational requirements, to different geographical contexts, and above all to users and customers, while keeping a consistent and reliable methodological approach.
The appropriation of LCA by construction companies requires adapted and optimized tools, even capable of incorporating business aspects. LCA will help the construction industry to evolve if its language is recognized by that industry. Communication and internal training are also key factors in the success of the approach.
Soletanche Bachy developed an LCA tool named PRISM in 2010. International, easy to use and understandable by all, PRISM can provide project environmental analysis at tender stage or during the works, and allows comparison of design alternatives.

Keywords: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), special geotechnical works

Online publication: 2012
Publication Type: full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00

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