Agent‐Based Modeling of Temporal and Spatial Dynamics in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

15 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2017

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Susie Ruqun Wu

Michigan State University

xiaomeng li

Michigan State University

Defne Apul

University of Toledo

Victoria Breeze

Michigan State University

Ying Tang

Michigan State University

Jiquan Chen

Michigan State University

Yi Fan

Michigan State University

Date Written: December 2017

Abstract

Current aggregate and top‐down approaches in life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) generally fail to account for spatial, temporal, and emergent behavioral dynamics simultaneously during the inventory stage. We discuss the key characteristics captured by complex system approaches (agent‐based modeling [ABM] in particular) in the context of LCSA. It is understood that by integrating ABM, temporal, spatial, and behavioral dynamics can be addressed during the life cycle inventory stage. We propose a general concept to integrate ABM into current building life cycle assessment standards. We then use a hypothetical example of green building development to compare the ABM approach with a predefined static policy model. Simulation results from the agent‐based model confirm that there are temporal and spatial variations caused by behavioral dynamics. The results are integrated into the calculation of temporally dynamic LCSA indicators on an annual basis. Spatially distributed simulation results can also be used in spatially dynamic LCSA.

Keywords: agent‐based modeling, complexity, life cycle sustainability assessment, life cycle inventory (LCI), green buildings, industrial ecology

Suggested Citation

Wu, Susie Ruqun and li, xiaomeng and Apul, Defne and Breeze, Victoria and Tang, Ying and Chen, Jiquan and Fan, Yi, Agent‐Based Modeling of Temporal and Spatial Dynamics in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (December 2017). Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 1507-1521, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3085320 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12666

Susie Ruqun Wu (Contact Author)

Michigan State University

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East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Xiaomeng Li

Michigan State University

Defne Apul

University of Toledo

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Toledo, OH 43606
United States

Victoria Breeze

Michigan State University

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Ying Tang

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Jiquan Chen

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Yi Fan

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

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