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Enhancement of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to include the effect of surface albedo on climate change: Comparing black and white roofs

  Traditionally, life cycle assessment (LCA) does not estimate a key property: surface albedo. Here an enhancement of the LCA methodology has been proposed through the development and employment of a time-dependent climatological model for including the effect of surface albedo on climate. The theoretical findings derived by the time-dependent model have been applied to the case study of a black and a white roof evaluated in the time-frames of 50 and 100 years focusing on the impact on global warming potential. The comparative life cycle impact assessment of the two roofs shows that the high surface albedo plays a crucial role in offsetting radiative forcings. In the 50-year time horizon, surface albedo is responsible for a decrease in CO2eq of 110e184 kg and 131e217 kg in 100 years. Furthermore, the white roof compared to the black roof, due to the high albedo, decreases the annual energy use of about 3.6e4.5 kWh/m2.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    10 January 2012

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1016/j.envpol.2011.12.019

  • Cross Ref:

    S0269749111006762

  • ISSN:

    0269-7491

  • Library of Congress:

    TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    621.47 Solar-energy enineering

  • Funders:

    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)

Citation

Susca, T. (2012). Enhancement of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to include the effect of surface albedo on climate change: Comparing black and white roofs. Environmental Pollution, 163, (48-54). ISSN 0269-7491

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Keywords

Surface albedo, Life cycle impact assessment (LCIA), Global warming potential (GWP), Climate change, High-reflective roofs,

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