Comparison of Different "Hidden Environmental Cost" Models
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- Project Offer-Number:
- UROP International
- Organisation unit:
- Rezykliergerechtes Bauen
- Language Skills:
- C1 or C2
- Computer Skills:
- Microsoft office (Word+Excel), Good internet search
- Basic AutoCAD skills and the ability to read plans and building elements is preferable.
- Linda Hildebrand
Measure 1.2: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research
Sustainability concept is the process of maintaining change in a balanced way which targets three dimensions as its pillars: environment, society and economy. Life Cycle Assessment is the method of calculating environmental impacts that a product can have. In Architecture, the product is the "building" and the metrics that measure its environmental impact are usually "Primary Energy Non Renewable" and "Greenhouse Gas Emissions". While these metrics help quantifying the environmental impact, its costs on the society and nature should also be measured. Therefore, leading countries have developed models to assess "hidden environmental costs". What this model does is to provide information on how much cost (for example in Euro) a certain environmental metric (for example producing 1 kg CO2) has.
The main task of the student in this project is to find examples of these environmental cost models developed by different countries. Explain them and conclude by making a comparison chart, showing similar/different approaches, methods and the context it is being used in. *This student project is closely related to another project on the same topic which is less broad and more in depth.
Strong Reading skill in English Interest in interdisciplinary research Familiarity with Circular economy and LCA are very welcome, but not limiting.