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dc.contributor.authorBrecheisen, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorTheis, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-04T18:53:06Z
dc.date.available2013-12-04T18:53:06Z
dc.date.issued2013-03
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationBrecheisen, T. and Theis, T. The Chicago Center for Green Technology: life-cycle assessment of a brownfield redevelopment project. Environmental Research Letters. 2013. 8(1). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/015038en_US
dc.identifier.issn1748-9326
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/10813
dc.descriptionContent from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI. © 2013 by Institute of Physics, Environmental Research Lettersen_US
dc.description.abstractThe sustainable development of brownfields reflects a fundamental, yet logical, shift in thinking and policymaking regarding pollution prevention. Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool that can be used to assist in determining the conformity of brownfield development projects to the sustainability paradigm. LCA was applied to the process of a real brownfield redevelopment project, now known as the Chicago Center for Green Technology, to determine the cumulative energy required to complete the following redevelopment stages: (1) brownfield assessment and remediation, (2) building rehabilitation and site development and (3) ten years of operation. The results of the LCA have shown that operational energy is the dominant life-cycle stage after ten years of operation. The preservation and rehabilitation of the existing building, the installation of renewable energy systems (geothermal and photovoltaic) on-site and the use of more sustainable building products resulted in 72 terajoules (TJ) of avoided energy impacts, which would provide 14 years of operational energy for the site.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipWe would like to acknowledge the United States Environmental Protection Agency, who made this project possible through the issuance of a K6 grant (TR-83418401)en_US
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dc.publisherInstitute of Physicsen_US
dc.subjectlife-cycle assessmenten_US
dc.subjectbuilt environmenten_US
dc.titleThe Chicago Center for Green Technology: life-cycle assessment of a brownfield redevelopment projecten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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