TU Dresden RWTH Leibniz Institut

Subproject E01

Sustainability assessment for disruptive innovations like carbon concrete

How can Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) be further developed and communicated in all three pillars: environment – Life Cycle Assessment, economy – Life Cycle Costing, and social – Social Life Cycle Assessment, in such a way that it enables early sustainability predictions in the research of material-minimized carbon concrete structures and ensures the design of sustainable disruptive innovation? SP E01 develops tailored sustainability indicators and assessment methods at all three levels, e.g., to adequately address resource efficiency and recyclability in terms of a circular economy strategy (environmental), human health (social), or material flow and life cycle costs (economic). Risk factors, such as high emissions from specific production steps or the use of critical raw materials, and potential trade-offs between the three pillars are identified. In addition, the communication of LCSA results and the support of decision makers in the building sector regarding the sustainability of disruptive innovations is of great relevance.

Within the framework of E01, theseed fund project "Screening study PEFCR – Comparability, harmonisation and communication of the environmental performance of carbon reinforced concrete" (1st round 2022) will be carried out at RWTH Aachen University.


[Translate to English:] Edeltraud Günther
Subproject Manager
Edeltraud Günther
Prof. Dr.
Technische Universität Dresden
Chair of Business Management, esp. Sustainabili­ty Management and Environmental Accounting
D-01062 Dresden
[Translate to English:] Marzia Traverso
Subproject Manager
Marzia Traverso
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering
Mies-van-der-Rohe Str. 1
D-52074 Aachen
[Translate to English:] Jana Backes
Research Associate
Jana Backes
RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering
Mies-van-der-Rohe Str. 1
D-52074 Aachen
Tobias Hatzfeld
Research Associate
Tobias Hatzfeld
UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources
Ammonstrasse 74
D-01067 Dresden

Publikationen / Publications

Backes, J.G.; Traverso, M. (2023) Social Life Cycle Assessment in the construction industry – systematic literature review and identification of relevant social indicators for carbon reinforced concrete in Environment, Development and Sustainability - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-023-03005-6

Backes, J.G.; Hinkle-Johnson, R.; Traverso, M. (2023) The Influence of the Functional Unit on the Comparability of Life Cycle Assessments in the Construction Sector: A Systematic Literature Review and Attempt at Unification for Reinforced Concrete in Case Studies in Construction Materials, e01966 -  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cscm.2023.e01966

Weniger, A.; Del Rosario, P.; Backes, J.G.; Traverso, M. (2023) Consumer Behavior and Sustainability in the Construction Industry—Relevance of Sustainability-Related Criteria in Purchasing Decision in Buildings, 13(3), 638 - https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings13030638

Backes, J.G.; Traverso, M.; Horvath, A. (2022) Environmental assessment of a disruptive innovation: comparative cradle-to-gate life cycle assessments of carbon-reinforced concrete building component in Int J Life Cycle Assess 12, . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-022-02115-z

Backes, J. G.; Del Rosario, P.; Luthin, A.; Traverso, M. (2022) Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of End-of-Life Scenarios of Carbon-Reinforced Concrete: A Case Study in Applied Sciences 12, 9255 - https://doi.org/10.3390/app12189255

Backes, J. G.; Del Rosario, P.; Petrosa, D.; Traverso, M.; Hatzfeld, T.; Günther, E. (2022) Building Sector Issues in About 100 Years: End-of-Life Scenarios of Carbon-Reinforced Concrete Presented in the Context of a Life Cycle Assessment, Focusing the Carbon Footprint in Processes, 10, 1791 - https://doi.org/10.3390/pr10091791.

Backes, J. G.; Traverso, M. (2021) Application of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment in the Construction Sector: A Systematic Literature Review in Processes 9 (7), 1248 – https://doi.org/10.3390/pr9071248

Backes, J. G.; Traverso, M. (2021) Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment—A Survey Based Potential Future Development for Implementation and Interpretation in Sustainability 13 (24), 13688 – https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413688

Backes, J. G.; Traverso, M. (2022) Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment as a metrics towards SDGs Agenda 2030 in Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 100683 - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogsc.2022.100683.

Backes, J. G.; Traverso, M. (2021) Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment in the construction sector – actual application and future outlook in E3S Web of Conferences, Vol. 349 (2022)  S. Albrecht, M. Fischer, C. Scagnetti, M. Barkmeyer and A. Braune (Eds.): Proc. of LCM 2021, 01.–08.09.2021 in Stuttgart (Deutschland, digital), 2021, 6 pages  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1051/e3sconf/202234904007

Backes, J. G.; Traverso, M. (2021) Sustainability of disruptive innovation – Cradle-to-gate LCA of Carbon Reinforced Concrete in Proc. of X Convegno dell’Associazione Rete Italiana LCA, 22.–24.09.2021 in Reggio Calabria (Italien), 207-214 - ISBN: 9791221004564

Backes, J. G.; Vogelsang, M. E.; Traverso, M. (2021) Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment interpretation and communication Vortrag bei 14th Biennal Int. Conf. on EcoBalance – EcoBalance Conf. 2020, 04./05.03.2021 in Sendai (Japan, digital), 2021, p. 6/7 (Book of Conf. Abstracts) – https://www.ecobalanceconference.org/conference/2020/pdf/EcoBalance2020Abstract_0225.pdf

Hatzfeld, T., Backes, J. G., Guenther, E., & Traverso, M. (2022) Modeling circularity as Functionality Over Use-Time to reflect on circularity indicator challenges and identify new indicators for the circular economy. Journal of Cleaner Production, (in press). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2022.109520

Hatzfeld, T., Schlüter, D., Scope, C., Krois, K., Guenther, E., Etzold, B., Curbach, M. (2022) Rethinking residential energy storage: GHG minimization potential of a Carbon Reinforced Concrete facade with function integrated supercapacitors. Building and Environment, 224: 109520. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134797

Wuth, J.; Scope, C. (2021) Nachhaltiges Bauen in der Praxis: Bewertung des Zertifizierungsprozesses der ökologischen Qualität nach DGNB System in Bauingenieur 96, issue 9, p. 296–308 – DOI: 10.37544/0005-6650-2021-09-40