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Title: Using exergy to analyze the sustainability of an urban area
Authors: Balocco, C
Papeschi, S
Grazzini, G
Basosi, Riccardo 
Keywords: Thermodynamics,; exergy; Environmental impact,; Emissions,; Energy needs
Issue Date: 2004
Project: None 
The extended exergy analysis method, taking into account the mean life time cycle of building, has been applied to evaluatethe sustainability of an urban area. The impact of the emissions due to the life cycle of the buildings has been evaluated. Twothermodynamic indexes, gI and gII showing, respectively, the first and second law efficiency of buildings, have been proposedas thermodynamic indexes. The applied methodology provides a single thermodynamics environmental criterion for theselection of technological alternatives, strategies and designs that produce lower environmental impacts connected to higherexergy indexes gII.
ISSN: 0921-8009
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2003.08.006
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