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September 5, 2018

Software tool could help architects design efficient buildings

MIT researchers develop inexpensive way to perform full lifecycle analysis of design choices as buildings are being planned.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Typically, when architects or engineers design a new building, it’s only at the end of the process — if ever — that a lifecycle analysis of the building’s environmental impact is carried out. And by then, it may be too late to make significant changes. Now, a faster and easier system for doing such analyses could change all that, making the analysis an integral part of the design process from the beginning.