The Carbon Leadership Forum recently published Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings: A Practice Guide, a step-by-step LCA primer and technical guidance document. The Practice Guide introduces the use of LCA to analyze the environmental impacts of buildings in order to help building professionals apply LCA in practice. It addresses how buildings impact the environment, the basic components of LCA and how its used to evaluate buildings, and uses a building project example to walk beginners through conducting an assessment step-by-step.
Development of the LCA Practice Guide was part of a broader Low Carbon Construction project funded by The Charles Pankow Foundation, Skanska USA and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in 2016. The Practice Guide followed the CLF’s Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study, which identified a need in the industry for standardized and accessible guidance on how to conduct an LCA of a building.
Publication of the Practice Guide was covered by the Engineering News-Record. Read the article here.
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