RELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTRICITY SOURCES AND CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS: A SWISS-U.S. COMPARISON OF ENERGY RELATED LIFE-CYCLE IMPACTS
Comparisons of buildings in similar climates built in accordance with different regional construction practices and building rating systems can provide useful insights in sustainable design practices. The objectives of this study were:
- to perform energy related life cycle assessments of a typical LEED-H (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for homes) single-family home in New Jersey (US), and a typical Minergie-P single-family home in Chur, Switzerland; and
- to assess the effect of rating systems and construction practices on the building's environmental impacts.