Episode Thirteen – Sustainability Part 2

On Thursday, May 27th, 2021 Episode Thirteen of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Our Thirteenth episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondents Daniel and Julia.  This is the second episode of our two-part podcast series on sustainability. For this month’s part two, we continue following up on our sustainability topic and tune into Academia and Science for their practical solutions.

Providing AEC experts with assessment methods to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings represents a large challenge over the past few decades. On one side, the topic itself is mainly beyond the designer’s expertise and tools, and the workflows lack the ability to provide quick and significant results for design scenarios and as-is assessment. Consulting with environmental engineers as experts takes time and money. Thinking of energy simulation, we commonly include operating systems and leave out production and fabrication processes of materials. In order to evaluate material selections, the Life Cycle Assessment has been identified by European policies such as the Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (CRREM) to be THE method to make environmental assessment throughout all building life cycle stages possible and valid. 

In order to dig deeper into this topic, Daniel and Julia, interviewed Daniel’s colleague at TU Graz in Austria, Dr. Marcella Saade, to provide us with deep insights on this subject matter. 

Marcella Saade graduated as an Environmental Engineer in 2010, in Brazil. She obtained her MSc in Civil Engineering in 2013, and her PhD in Civil Engineering in 2017. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory in Life Cycle Assessment and Circular Economy of the University of Sherbrooke, in Canada, from 2018 to 2020. The focus of Marcella’s work is on life cycle inventory generation and dynamic modelling of carbon cycles in the built environment. Marcella now holds a tenure-track position at the Institute of Structural Design of Graz University of Technology, and actively collaborates with the Working Group Sustainable Construction of the same university. 

Marcella Saade
Some Episode Resources:

TU Graz press releases on Sustainability: 

Profiles and Contact Details Dr. Marcella Ruschi Mendes Saade: 


The BILT Virtual 2021:

Episode Fourteen – Coming June 24th, 2021

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on June 24th, 2021, a technical podcast about coding.

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