Housing Life Cycle Sustainability and Health: from global to near field impacts

Speaker: Oliver Jolliet, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Location: Policy Labs, CIRS building, 2260 West Mall

Date: Wednesday, October 7th 1-2PM


Building and housing represent important and well studied domains of consumption in term of life cycle carbon and energy footprint. Starting from such studies for low energy buildings, we will show how the approach can be extended to consider human health impacts over life cycle and to include impacts particulate matter emitted by heating and cooling systems during use phase. We will then further develop the approach to consistently compare these far field exposures with impacts and benefits on the occupants themselves, assessing: a) benefits associated with heat wave prevention, and b) impacts on occupants associated with indoor near field emissions of semi-volatile and volatile organic compounds



Professor Olivier Jolliet’s research and teaching programs aim to assess environmental risks and impacts of chemicals and of innovative technologies. He co-initiated the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program)/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and is the scientific manager of its Life Cycle Impact Assessment program. He is a world leader in the development of Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) methods, having co-developed the ImpactWorld+ method – the first Life Cycle Impact Assessment method to provide sets of environmental and health impact factors for each continent, with the capability to further regionalize the assessment. In 2005, Olivier Jolliet was appointed professor in Environmental Health Science at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan, and is one of the founding members of the Centre for Risk Science. He is editor and reviewer for several scientific journals. His masters and PhD theses were in building physics.