Comparative study on life cycle assessment of buildings in developed countries and Sri Lanka

Amarasinghe, IA, Soorige, D and Hemba Geekiyanage, M ORCID: 2021, 'Comparative study on life cycle assessment of buildings in developed countries and Sri Lanka' , Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 11 (2) , pp. 304-329.

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Purpose Life cycle assessment (LCA) has considerably contributed to increasing the environmental friendliness of buildings in developed countries. However, it is hard to find evidence on the application of LCA for buildings in developing countries; particularly, Sri Lanka. There is a lack of research to compare the status of LCA of buildings in developed countries vs developing countries. In this context, the purpose of this study aims to examine the status of LCA implementation for buildings between developed countries and Sri Lanka, a developing country. Design/methodology/approach The exploratory research was adapted, and in-depth interviews were held with LCA professionals from Sri Lanka and developed countries, respectively. Findings Relatively less attention has been paid to the implementation of LCA for buildings in Sri Lanka compared to the developed countries due to the time and effort required to collect life cycle inventory data and limited stakeholder understanding of the LCA. Hence, this study proposed improvements, including the development of LCA databases containing region-specific data and conducting programmes to raise stakeholders' awareness to address the gaps in Sri Lanka. Research limitations/implications The identified LCA implementation process for buildings could be used as a guide for first-time LCA users, and it equally makes a valued reference for experienced practitioners. Originality/value A limited number of the studies formulate a comparison between the LCA for building in developed countries and developing countries. This research attempts to address this knowledge gap.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Built Environment Project and Asset Management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2044-124X
Depositing User: Malsha Hemba Geekiyanage
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2022 07:31
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2022 07:31

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