Life Cycle Engineering (RNB)

The module ‘Life Cycle Engineering’ is composed of the two courses 'Principles in Building Construction' and ‘life cycle assessment’ which take place during winter semester.

The module ‘'Lifecycle Assessment’ takes place during winter semester. The essential content of the course is the Life Cycle Assessment Method and cross-linked thinking regarding environmental aspects, interdependencies and the interpretation of these. The course 'Lifecycle Assessment’ gives an overview over the context of Life Cycle Assessment and different, alternative assessment methods. Therefore, the course illustrates general aspects and processes of a LCA as well as specific characteristic of LCA in the building sector. This distinction enables the students to draw nuanced conclusions to decisions and approaches of action. The international and national regulation form the basis of this seminary. The elemental knowledge to compile a LCA consists of:

  • Goal and scope definition
  • Lifecycle inventory analysis (LCI) and product systems
  • Lifecycle impact assessment (LCIA), indicators and endpoint categories
  • Interpretation, iteration and analysis
  • Environmental product declaration and databases
  • Allocation
  • Substitution and End-of-Life aspects
  • Recycling, use phase and lifetime of building components

The course includes the main topics of fire protection, divided into passive and active fire safety measures. Within the passive fire protection the requirements of building authorities will be considered, which are mainly influenced by the life safety and safety for loss of property. This includes the building itself, neighboring property, requirements and design of building elements as well as means of escape. The teached active five protection measures include topics, such as equipment and strategies of fire departments. The course finishes with the components of a customized fire protection concept regarding the safety goals of building authorities. The single topics may be summarized as follows:

  • basics of fire risk, fire spread, and fire exposure
  • building materials
  • building elements
  • fire behavior of walls and floors
  • regulations and building code
  • part 1: classification, building development
  • part 2: building elements
  • part 3: means of egress
  • part 4: building services
  • fire measures of fire departments
  • fire inspection
  • fire protection concepts

Learning Outcomes

After participating in the module ‘Lifecycle Engineering’, students will be able to understand and apply the method of lifecycle assessment as well as to make use of the principal of cross-linked thinking regarding environmental aspects, interdependencies and the interpretation of these. This includes the basics of an environmental assessment, as well as the understanding and application of the functional principles considering the content, processes and methods of LCA. The can describe and understand the regulation background of LCA on an international and national basis. The participants will be able to design a goal and scope definition for the LCA of products and buildings and to develop and perform the calculation. The students can master the application and interpretation of datasets and databases (like oköbau.dat, ecoinvent etc.) quantitatively and understand the principle of operation of different LCA-tools (like eLCA, LEGEP, GaBi etc.). The will also be able to interpret the results appropriately. After attending the course students are able to understand the essential relations within the fire development and fire spread as well as the influence of fire exposure to building elements and occupants, and to apply calculation methods and tabulated values in the design of building elements, like beams, walls and floors. Further, on the students learn how to define and evaluate the fire protection requirements for building materials and building elements as well as the overall fire safety of entire buildings based on the current building code.


Coordination: Christine Hani, Michael Merk

Lecture: Wednesday, 8:00 - 9:30, HS 0670; Thursday 13:15 - 14:45, HS 2770

Consultation hours: by arrangement

Semesterinformation: 3 SCH; 6 ECTS

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