Life Cycle Assessment at UBC

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is applying a sustainability “gradient” framework where each new capital project is intended to exceed the performance of the previous ones, continually raising the level of overall sustainability performance. The goal is to transform the campus into one that upholds “regenerative” principles, which go beyond conventional green standards by creating buildings and infrastructure that provide net-positive environmental and human well-being benefits. In recent years, life cycle assessment (LCA) and a distinct but related methodology, life cycle costing (LCC), have emerged as key decision-making and enabling tools in the design and construction of sustainable projects at UBC.