Embodied Carbon 101: Carbon accounting

Learn the principles of carbon accounting and its application in design & construction.


This course introduces the process of carbon accounting. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the tool used to quantify the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of a material or assembly. Presenters define the basic terminology related to LCA as well as summarize the process of life cycle assessment. Overall, the course illustrates how the principles of carbon accounting can be applied to design and construction at all scales, using the breadth of data and tools available.

Learning objectives

  • Assess data sources, including quality and precision of information, to quantify a project’s carbon footprint.
  • Define the scope, phases, and potential environmental impacts of each phase of a building’s life cycle.
  • Explain the concept of a life cycle assessment (LCA) and its role in understanding a building’s environmental impacts over time.
  • Identify the tools and resources necessary to design and execute a life cycle assessment for a project.

This course is part of a series

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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
1.00 LU
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