Environmental- and life cycle cost impact of reused steel structures: A case study

Sirje Vares (Corresponding author), Petr Hradil, Sakari Pulakka, Viorel Ungureanu, Michael Sansom

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    The European steel sector has developed LCA assessment methods over many years, methods taking into account benefits of recycling. Unlike recycling, the reuse of steel structures extends the steel life with lower impacts, because steel recovery through melting process is not needed. Benefits based on the savings in natu-ral/virgin resources seem to be obvious by re-using materials, structures or buildings and giving them second, third or even fourth life. However, to show the benefits with the using a well justified methodological frame-work is not easy or straightforward as assumptions about the future reuse should be made. End of life pro-cesses, further processing, material identification and possible modification, and re-construction are the pro-cesses should be evaluated for the reuse case. Earlier studies have shown difficulties in the analysis of realistic economic impacts of reuse concepts. The number of possible alternatives is high and in worst cases, the reuse could lower the benefits compared to steel recycling. This theoretical case study is a part of PROGRESS project (Provisions for greater reuse of steel structures). The goal is to show the greenhouse gas impacts (as GWP) and life cycle costing (LCC) of the steel framed in-dustrial building for the first life cycle and for the case of steel frame and envelope reuse. The study pointing out benefits and loads and by discussing the meaning of methodological differences when using building Life Cycle Assessment methods (LCA).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLife-Cycle Analysis and Assessment in Civil Engineering
    Subtitle of host publicationTowards an Integrated Vision
    EditorsRobby Caspeele, Luc Taerwe, Dan M. Frangopol
    Place of PublicationGhent
    PublisherCRC Press
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-22891-4
    ISBN (Print)978-1-138-62633-1
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2018
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2018 - Ghent, Belgium
    Duration: 28 Oct 201831 Oct 2018

    Publication series

    SeriesLife-Cycle of Civil Engineering Systems


    Conference6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2018


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