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Thinking beyond sustainability

What began 30 years ago with an environmental assessment (LCA) of vehicular bumpers, today encompasses environmental, socio-economic, and technical analyses of products, systems, and services in all branches of industry and society.

Issues surrounding mobility, construction, and modern-day living play a central role, in addition to the manufacturing of materials and products and to energy generation and supply. In particular, the recovery of high-value materials and the closing of material flow loops are of increasing importance in our work as they are in the world.

However, the content of our work is no longer restricted to traditional environmental assessment techniques. In recent years, we have also developed methods to assess products with regard to sustainable development. The integration of social and economic aspects, for example, as well as the inclusion of environmental impacts due to land use and impacts on biodiversity must not be forgotten in a comprehensive sustainability assessment.

Due to associated growing complexity of such analyses, one of our goals is to develop methods and tools conducive to practical implementation. These methods and tools can be customized for company-specific processes to best integrate sustainability practices into daily operations.

Methods and tools are continously refined to meet the requirements of future questions of sustainability assessment. Today the sustainability of products, systems, and services is more important than ever. Shorter product development cycles, new technologies, and the growing scarcity of natural resources confront us daily with new challenges.

We look forward to support you making the world more environmentally friendly and sustainable . You can find further information on our website, including our areas of expertise, current projects, and publications – or simply speak to one of our representatives.

The department Life Cycle Engineering (GaBi) was founded in 1989 within the Institute for Polymer Testing and Polymer Science (IKP) at Universität Stuttgart. In 2006 the department has changed to the Chair for Building Physics.

Key activities of the department GaBi is the Life Cycle Engineering and analysis of products, processes and services concerning their environmental, economical, social and technical aspects throughout the whole Life Cycle to be used as basis for decision support and decision making.

Main research within the department is focused on

The development of methods for Life Cycle Inventory (LCI), Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) and the integration of social sustainability assessment is strongly oriented on international cooperation. As extension of Life Cycle Assessment according to EN 14040/14044, Life Cycle Engineering also integrates costing aspects into the assessment and balances technical properties of considered products and process systems.

In precise projects life cycle related questions are associated with main issues of technical feasibility, capacities infrastructures and substance flow management.

The method of Life Cycle Engineering has been applied to numerous projects. Well over 200 person years of project experience has been gained so far. Customers are from industries as well as from public institutions.

The gained Know How is taught to students of technical disciplines. The engineering background, the extensive project experience and the successful linking of research with practical application in industry leads to high qualitative, reliable and customer-oriented solutions. The developed software solutions and databases are worldwide applied in industry practice, research and consultancy in the field of sustainability.

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Institute for Acoustics and Building Physics
Department of Life Cycle Engineering
Wankelstraße 5
70563 Stuttgart

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