The prize for the best end-of-studies project of the REHVA Student Competition awarded to Aurore Wurtz
The prize was awarded to Aurore Wurtz for her work on life-cycle assessment applied to a sample of buildings.
Aurore Wurtz, a PhD student at MINES ParisTech under the lab recherche environnement programme, received the prize for the best end-of-study project of the European REHVA Student Competition. She was awarded the prize for the Master thesis that she carried out at the CES (Centre for Energy Efficiency of Systems) at MINES ParisTech. The project concerned the application of life-cycle assessment to a sample of buildings, with the aim of creating decision support tools relating to the environmental impacts of buildings.
The RE2012 standard imposes a small environmental footprint and emphasises the importance of reliable life-cycle assessment tools that enable the practitioners to analyse the results. While current LCA tools are well developed, not all practitioners are able to interpret the results. Aurore Wurtz’s project presents a method for obtaining environmental certifications that facilitate the translation of the calculated LCA results. The proposed approach is tested on three types of building.
Dynamic thermal simulation and life-cycle assessment are decision support tools that comprehensively assess the environmental performance of a building or neighbourhood project and guide its design in order to reduce the
Life-cycle assessment is a method to assess the environmental impacts of buildings and infrastructures throughout their life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials through to their end-of-lifetime handling.