Application and Refinement of BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) for Enhancing Building Life Cycle Assessments

Start Date: 
May 1, 2000
End Date: 
Dec 31, 2001
University of Michigan - Plant Department

This project focuses on the application of the Life-Cycle-Assessment (LCA) methodology to enhance metrics and tools for assessing buildings' environmental impacts. This objective will be accomplished by conducting a life cycle inventory of the upstream and downstream environmental burdens of a newly-built classroom/office building on the University of Michigan campus (Sam Wyly Hall). The project is organized in three phases over a three-year period. Specific objectives for Year One are:

Wege Foundation
Environmental Impact
Energy Consumption
Waste Generation
Air/Water Emissions
Resource Consumption
Rating System
Commercial Buildings
LEED Green Building Rating System