How It Works

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The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute has prepared this report in an effort to provide an indication of the inner workings of the Impact Estimator for Buildings, i.e., what the software does and how it does it. The report illustrates the relationships between building materials, components and assemblies, how they were arrived at and how they are called upon in the software.

It also outlines the various life cycle stages the software supports and the methods used to derive a complete building environmental life cycle inventory and impact assessment profile. The software’s embedded databases are also explained, highlighting their use within the tool.

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