Demonstrating the Benefits of Life Cycle Assessment

The goal of green design is to achieve sustainability by designing and building structures that use less energy, water and materials, and minimize impacts on human health and the environment. Life cycle assessment (LCA) supports this by providing an assessment of the resource consumption — including energy, emissions and waste — throughout the building’s life. It means adding up the inputs and outputs for every framing member, panel, fastener, finish material,coating and other materials used in the building.

Explore the fact sheet to learn more about this performance-based approach as well as its application highlighted within three B.C.-based buildings.