Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study identified a need in the industry for standardized and accessible guidance on how to conduct an LCA of a building. The LCA Practice Guide was developed to address this need. The LCA Practice Guide and supporting files are provided below.
|Component of Practice Guide||Description||Access|
||This is the primary document of the LCA Practice Guide. It introduces the concept of life cycle assessment to building professionals and explains how to determine the environmental impacts of a building step by step. Version 1.1 (June 2019) is the second update following the original publication in June 2018 and contains a roadmap diagram, which is also provided separately below.||Download (PDF)|
|Road Map to Reducing Building Life Cycle Impacts
||This timeline contains suggested actions and milestones for reducing building life cycle impacts||Two versions for download:|
|Technical Guidance||This document is directed at LCA experts who are looking for technical recommendations to support the development of LCAs of buildings in North America. Note that the version dated 2018-07-09 has the same content as the version dated 2018-06-19, but with different title page formatting that includes sponsor logos.||Download (PDF)|
|Taxonomy for Whole Building LCA||This is a proposed information scheme for reporting information relating to LCAs of buildings, Goal and Scope sections.||Download (Word doc)|
|Gingerbread House LCA Example||This is a simple example demonstrating the LCA process using a gingerbread house.||Download (PDF)|