Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Using Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing in Circular Building Design: A Case Study for Wall Partitioning Systems in the Circular Retrofit Lab

Neethi Rajagopalan, Stijn Brancart, Sofie De Regel, Anne Paduart, Niels De Temmerman, Wim Debacker

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The Circular Economy (CE) paradigm has been gaining momentum. However, the tools and methods used to design, measure and implement circularity are not immediately suitable for decision making and practice by key stakeholders. This article details a qualitative and a quantitative method to evaluate characteristics such as circularity, adaptability and reuse of building elements amongst others in order to provide decision-makers, such as building clients, architects, investors and policy makers, an objective way to assess the benefits and constraints of circular buildings and elements. The study implements the method in the case study, the Circular Retrofit Lab in Belgium, and uses a multi-criteria decision approach to evaluate qualitative parameters and life cycle assessment and life cycle costing to quantitatively evaluate the circular solutions proposed in this study. As such, the paper shows how a multi-criteria decision approach can be applied to evaluate circular building solutions in the context of practical architectural projects, in this case assessing the suitability of three interior wall systems for applications with different turnover rates. The study shows that the overall performance of the evaluated wall systems varies largely from one expected user scenario to the other.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5124
Number of pages22
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Circular building design
  • Circular retrofit lab
  • Cumulative graphs
  • Decision-making
  • LCA
  • LCC
  • Multi-criteria decision analysis
  • PEF
  • Reversibility

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Using Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing in Circular Building Design: A Case Study for Wall Partitioning Systems in the Circular Retrofit Lab'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this