Review of visualising LCA results in the design process of buildings

Hollberg, Alexander (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden) ; Kiss, Benedek (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary) ; Röck, Martin (Institute of Technology and Testing of Construction Materials, TU Graz, Graz, Austria) ; Soust-Verdaguer, Bernadette (Instituto Universitario de Arquitectura y Ciencias de la Construccion, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain) ; Houlihan, Aoife (Ulster University, Belfast, UK ; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway) ; Lasvaux, Sébastien (School of Management and Engineering Vaud, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Galimshina, Alina (ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland) ; Habert, Guillaume (ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is increasingly used for decision-making in the design process of buildings and neighbourhoods. Therefore, visualisation of LCA results to support interpretation and decision-making becomes more important. The number of building LCA tools and the published literature has increased substantially in recent years. Most of them include some type of visualisation. However, there are currently no clear guidelines and no harmonised way of presenting LCA results. In this paper, we review the current state of the art in visualising LCA results to provide a structured overview. Furthermore, we discuss recent and potential future developments. The review results show a great variety in visualisation options. By matching them with common LCA goals we provide a structured basis for future developments. Case studies combining different kinds of visualisations within the design environment, interactive dashboards, and immersive technologies, such as virtual reality, show a big potential for facilitating the interpretation of LCA results and collaborative design processes. The overview and recommendations presented in this paper provide a basis for future development of intuitive and design-integrated visualisation of LCA results to support decision-making.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Ingénierie et Architecture
School:
HEIG-VD
Institute:
IGT - Institut de Génie Thermique
Date:
2020-12
Pagination:
13 p.
Published in:
Building and Environment
Numeration (vol. no.):
2021, vol. 190, article no. 107530
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ISSN:
0360-1323
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