BD+C’s Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability White Paper 2005

May 27, 2009 |

BD+C’s Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability White Paper 2005

Life cycle assessment, or LCA, is arguably today’s most

talked-about topic in the green building movement.

Architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, environmentalists,

and government officials want assurance that the products and

materials they are using to design and construct buildings are the most

beneficial to the environment—“from cradle to grave.”

Similarly, forward-looking manufacturers of green building products are

searching for scientifically objective ways to distinguish the long-term

environmental benefits of their products.

Interest in LCA was spurred a year ago, when the U.S. Green Building

Council created an “LCA into LEED” Task Force to determine

whether and how LCA could be incorporated into the next version of

its LEED rating system.

Other efforts, such as the U.S. Life Cycle Inventory Database project,

the National Institute of Standards & Technology’s BEES program, the

Green Globes rating system, and the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle

Initiative, also point to growing interest in LCA.

And surely LCA will be high on the agenda of the White House

Summit on Sustainability, scheduled for January 24-25, 2006.

The editors offer this White Paper in the hope that it will inform and

educate the design and construction community as to the growing

importance of life cycle assessment to the built environment. We

welcome your comments.

View the BD+C’s Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability White Paper 2005 course

 

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