Assessing the environmental impact of five different life cycle scenarios for brick masonry wall

Environmental impact assessment is one of the major concerns due to the threats of global warming. To this end the impacts of built environment are analyzed at several levels, one of which is assessing the negative impact of building components. This paper presents the impact of solid brick masonry walls (fired clay brick and cement mortar) on the environment according to five different end-of-life scenarios that depend on a combination of reuse, recycling and landfill options in varying ratios. The life cycle impacts of a brick wall have been analyzed with the help of Sima-Pro (PRé-NL, 2014) LCA software [1]. The results are obtained in terms of eco-points in three sub categories i.e. human health, ecosystem quality and resources. In order to conduct the analyses, (whenever the software database proved to be inadequate) data were obtained from literature and observations; such as thickness requirements of walls according to Turkish Standards, possible lifetime estimations of walls and units, reclaiming, reusing, land filling requirements, ratios and applications as well as transportation distances and facilities. The findings indicate that total landfill has the highest level of negative impact and the manual reclamation with reuse-landfill combination has the lowest level of negative impact on the environment, for these three categories.
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S. T. Elias Özkan, “Assessing the environmental impact of five different life cycle scenarios for brick masonry wall,” Ankara, Türkiye, 2015, p. 925, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: