Policy Review of Carbon-Focused Life Cycle Assessment

Policy Review of Carbon-Focused Life Cycle Assessment in Green Building Design and Performance at The University of British Columbia

As changes are implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from economic activities,  the proportion of GHG emissions associated with the construction of building themselves – the embodied emission from the extraction, manufacture, construction and repair of materials and products – will become increasingly more significant.

This policy review was conducted as part of an UBC Embodied Carbon Pilot research project led by the UBC Sustainability Initiative and focuses on policy improvements in the implementation of LCA at UBC as a means towards achieving meaningful reductions in embodied carbon emissions in campus developments. The report is divided into three sections:

  • Overview of LCA concepts, environmental impacts and tools
  • Canadian policy review
  • Discussion of challenges and opportunities in implementing LCA for policy decisions

The research above, including the literature review and interviews, were assessed and consolidated into a set of recommendations for policy improvements in the utilization and implementation of LCA at UBC. The intent is to help inform deliberations on existing policy improvement and new policy developments in service of the overall objectives of UBC to reduce the embodied carbon resulting from campus buildings.

Policy Review of Carbon-Focused Life Assessment in Green Building Design and Performance at the University of British Columbia

Recommendations for policy improvements in the utilization and implementation of LCA at UBC to reduce embodied carbon emissions in campus developments.

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