SMM Web Academy Residential Buildings: An Evaluation of Waste Prevention Practices Using Lifecycle Analysis
Residential buildings and their occupants consume significant amounts of energy and materials over their lifecycle. As our buildings become more energy efficient the relative impact of the materials we consume become larger. Join us to hear how the State of Oregon is using lifecycle analysis as a way to identify the best practices to jointly reduce material and energy consumption over the lifespan of an average home. We will discuss technical results and policy implications.
Did you know?
- Reducing home size is a significant leverage point for environmental impact reduction and may be a more effective measure than achieving minimum levels of “green” certification.
- Only a small amount – about 6% – of building material-related waste generated occurs during home construction, with about 50% of waste generation occurring during 70 years of home repairs and maintenance. The remaining 44% of waste generation occurs at the time of the home’s demolition.
- Jordan Palmeri, Greenbuilding Program at Oregon Dept of Environmental Quality will speak about the reasons for this research, how the results are being used, and future policy directions for promoting top ranking practices.
- Jon Dettling, Director of Quantis U.S., will speak about the lifecycle assessment methodology, results, and the advantages for comprehensive decision making.