Michele F. D. Morales

Michele F. D. Morales
University of Florida | UF · Powell Center for Construction and Environment

Doctor of Civil Engineering
Post-Doctoral Associate at University of Florida

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Introduction
Michele Morales has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. Currently is a Post-Doctoral Associate at University of Florida. Also has been working as an assistant professor at University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos/Brazil. Develops studies quantifying the environmental impacts of buildings using LCA - Life Cycle Assessment, focusing on uncertainty analysis. Also, has experience in studies that quantify the generation and minimization of construction and demolition waste.
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - present
University of Florida
Position
  • PostDoc Position
March 2015 - October 2019
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Position
  • PhD Student
June 2014 - present
Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

Publications

Publications (16)
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Reducing construction waste is becoming a key environmental issue in the construction industry. The quantification of waste generation rates in the construction sector is an invaluable management tool in supporting mitigation actions. However, the quantification of waste can be a difficult process because of the specific characteristics and the wid...
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Purpose: The main goal of this paper is to establish a comparison of three possible approaches regarding functional unit (FU) definition for buildings and to raise a discussion regarding the FU definition and its consequences to LCA studies. Methods: The comparison between impact results of the two most common types of social housing construction i...
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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) can provide the environmental impact of buildings from its initial construction until its demolition. Of particular interest are the environmental impacts of public housing as developing economies are facing the growing need for housing. However, the validity of the LCA results is directly related to how representative i...
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The construction of even simple buildings, such as housing, consumes great amounts of nonrenewable resources throughout their service life. Generally, a building has a long life-cycle, determining the impact generated due to the production of materials and building use is only part of the problem. To predict the building elements that must be repla...
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Service life plays an important role that has a significant influence on life cycle impacts of the building operation phase, especially as operational energy impacts are being reduced through energy efficiency and renewal energy. In this context, uncertainty analysis of service life models is crucial for reliable building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA...
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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has the potential to inform building decisions from the planning process to conceptual design. As such, there is intrinsic uncertainty that needs to be explored further to allow proper decisions. These uncertainties may be related to parameter definition such as Life Cycle Inventory or model as service life definition. T...
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A necessidade de minimização dos impactos ambientais gerados pela construçãocivil tem- se evidenciado na indústria da construção. A Avaliação de Ciclo de Vida (ACV) constitui-se uma das principais ferramentas para auxiliar essa redução, porém a grande quantidade de dados de entrada relacionada às edificações dificulta sua aplicação. O Building Info...
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Whole building LCA involves not only a large amount of data, but also making a series of assumptions over production, construction, use, and end of life modeling. Within the IEA EBC Annex 72, assessments were carried out for reference buildings, using the same material and energy demand but applying the existing national/regional LCA approaches and...
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The construction sector is known as an important consumer of natural resources. The use of by-products from different production chains in the sector is encouraged, promoting a reduction in the extraction of natural resources, reducing the need for residues disposal and enhancing circularity. Silica fume is a by-product from the smelting process in...
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O setor de edificações é um grande gerador de impactos ambientais, consumindo elevada quantidade de recursos não renováveis durante toda sua vida útil. Ao longo do ciclo de vida do edifício, são necessárias manutenções dos componentes da construção para garantir o cumprimento da sua vida útil de projeto. Tais manutenções geram impactos devido à pro...
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Buildings are critical environmental impact generators, and complex products with a broad spectrum of suppliers. My House My Life Program (MHMLP) is currently the most important social housing program in the Brazilian context, and one of the world's most extensive low-income housing plans, with over 3.2 million housing units constructed. The potent...
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Purpose: The primary aim of this paper is to establish a comparison of three possible approaches regarding functional unit (FU) definition for buildings. Also, a secundary objective is to raise a discussion regarding the FU definition and its consequences to LCA studies. Methods: The comparison between impact results of the two most common types of...
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The construction industry is considered an important generator of impacts within the productive chain due both to the high consumption of nonrenewable natural resources during its production and to the high energy demand during its operation. In this context, the evaluation of each of the building life cycle stages, allows identifying the environme...
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A significant amount of waste generated by the construction industry is now a major environmental problem being faced by the government and construction companies. To prevent or reduce the generation of waste at the source is necessary to act, which may be from design to the implementation phase. The project is the initial step of the development a...

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Projects (2)
Project
The project is being developed in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. The main goal is to improve the whole-building life-cycle analysis using the GREET Building LCA Module to evaluate potential Greenhouse Gases impacts related to the replacement requirements and end-of-life scenarios of typical and design alternatives envelopes considering advanced technology solutions. More information: https://greet.es.anl.gov/greet_building https://www.cce.ufl.edu/research/
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To identify the uncertainties related to the service life prediction of buildings elements from a selected building typology and its influence on the modeling of the use stage in the life cycle assessment of buildings.