A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool for understanding the environmental impacts associated with a material, a product, a building, or an activity. Assessment factors include the material extraction and processing, manufacturing, distribution, use or installation, and repair/maintenance, up to and possibly including the disposal and recycling of it. An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a document that communicates LCA information. Both the LCA process and EPDs work towards implementing transparency in the built environment. This course will look closely at the nuances of LCAs and EPDs, and their relations with the Living Building Challenge, Living Product Challenge, LEED, and Green Globes standards. You will learn how to get the information you need to make product decisions, as well as related advocacy opportunities, political debate, and emerging trends and impacts. This course will use the lens of building transparency curated through LCA and EPDs and supplemented with related sustainability initiatives, ratings, and standards, to look at building material impact.
2 LU HSW CEUs Available