Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse - Kelowna, BC
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse
Doors open at 6:00pm, presentation from 6:30-7:30pm
While there is increasing discussion in various green building forums about the benefits of reusing buildings, until now few studies have sought to quantify the differences between the environmental impacts of building reuse versus new construction. This workshop will present a groundbreaking whole-building life cycle assessment study, "The Green Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse", which computes the environmental impacts related to materials manufacture, transport, construction, operation and the demolition and disposal of common building types and compares these impacts to those associated with building renovation and reuse.
- Grasp the basics of life cycle analysis as it relates to quantifying the impacts of building reuse and construction.
- Understand why building reuse almost always yields fewer environmental impacts that new construction when comparing buildings of similar size and functionality.
- Understand why the reuse of buildings with an average level of energy performance consistently offers immediate climate-change impact reductions compared to more energy-efficient new construction.
- Understand why the quantity and type of materials used in building renovation can reduce, or even negate, the benefits of reuse.
Applicable for 1 GBCI CEU, AIBC
Registration for this event is free.
Mona Lemoine, LEED AP BD + C
Executive Director, Cascadia Green Building Council
Vice President, Education and Events, International Living Future Institute
British Columbia Heritage Branch
Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia
Thompson Okanagan Branch Collaborative