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Economic & Environmental Target-Setting for Innovative Bldg Products and Systems

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Economic & Environmental Target-Setting for Innovative Bldg Products and Systems

 

Session 2, Paper 4, CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium, Dublin, Ireland 3-4 April 2014

 

Where an innovative product or system is intended to replace one already available then an appropriately designed set of life cycle costing and life cycle assessment studies can determine the overall levels of improvement which the new product or system must deliver. These are the economic and environmental targets that have to be met or exceeded in order to show an overall lifecycle benefit.

This paper illustrates the principle of economic and environmental performance targeting, using examples based on the EU Framework 7 project “Nanopigmy”. This project is developing advanced nano-material pigments to produce innovative construction materials, where the life-cycle benefit is a reduction in energy consumption during building occupation.