Life Cycle Assessment: Tools to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Buildings. Course 4.

Simplify the LCA process and better understand its value to architects.


Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a useful tool for understanding products and whole buildings. This course simplifies the LCA process and describes its limits and opportunities for architects. You’ll also review an extended case study that reveals how one firm embraced LCA to deliver a LEED Platinum office building.

Learning objectives

  • Define life cycle assessment and describe its usefulness for products and whole buildings.
  • Reference international standards for life cycle assessments (ISO 14040 and ISO 14044).
  • Describe limits of comparing two Environmental Product Declarations.
  • List two tools for conducting whole building life cycle assessments.

This course is part of a series

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1.00 LU
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