Building life cycle

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Building life cycle refers to the view of a building over the course of its entire life - in other words, viewing it not just as an operational building, but also taking into account the design, construction, operation, demolition and waste treatment.[1] It is useful to use this view when attempting to improve an operational feature of a building that is related to how a building was designed. For example, overall energy conservation. In the vast majority of cases there is less than sufficient effort put into designing a building to be energy efficient and hence large inefficiencies are incurred in the operational phase. Current research is ongoing in exploring methods of incorporating a whole life cycle view of buildings, rather than just focusing on the operational phase as is the current situation.


  1. ^ Kotaji, Shpresa. Life-cycle assessment in building and construction: a state-of-the-art report, 2003. Pensacola, FL: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2003. 19. Print.