27 Jul '12, 6pm

Free modeling tool assesses/manages the environmental impacts of structural materials in commercial buildings:

A new software tool from scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will help architects, engineers, and urban planners better assess and manage the environmental impacts of structural materials in commercial buildings. The software tool, called the B-PATH model (Berkeley Lab Building Materials Pathways), allows designers and builders to estimate the energy, resources, and environmental impacts associated with the manufacture of structural materials; their effects on the energy use of a building during operation; and their impacts when the building is ultimately demolished and its constituent materials are reused, recycled, or disposed of. The Berkeley Lab’s development of the B-PATH model was sponsored by the Portland Cement Association (PCA). “Minimizing the environmental impacts of a building throughout its entire lifecycle is a promising way...

Full article: http://eetd.lbl.gov/news/article/15177/quantifying-the-en...

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