One of the most challenging issues presently facing policymakers and public administrators in Italy concerns what to do with waste materials from building dismantling activities and to understand whether, and to what extent, the ever-increasing quantity of demolition waste can replace virgin materials. The paper presents the results from a research programme that was focused on the life cycle assessment (LCA) of a residential building, located in Turin, which was demolished in 2004 by controlled blasting. A detailed LCA model was set-up, based on field measured data from an urban area under demolition and re-design, paying attention to the end-of-life phase and supplying actual data on demolition and rubble recycling. The results have demonstrated that, while building waste recycling is economically feasible and profitable, it is also sustainable from the energetic and environmental point of view. Compared to the environmental burdens associated with the materials embodied in the building shell, the recycling potential is 29% and 18% in terms of life cycle energy and greenhouse emissions, respectively. The recycling potential of the main building materials was made available in order to address future demolition projects and supply basic knowledge in the design for dismantling field.
Life cycle of buildings, demolition and recycling potential: a case study in Turin-Italy / BLENGINI G.A.. - In: BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENT. - ISSN 0360-1323. - STAMPA. - 44:2(2009), pp. 319-330. [10.1016/j.buildenv.2008.03.007]
|Titolo:||Life cycle of buildings, demolition and recycling potential: a case study in Turin-Italy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2008.03.007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|