Everything Counts in All Amounts: Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment

Everything Counts in All Amounts: Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment

June 23, 2017
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) is a quantitative tool for measuring environmental impacts throughout the entire span of a project — from building design and construction through operations and maintenance, occupancy, and end-of life. While WBLCA is relatively new (ushered in largely by LEED v4), consumer product manufacturers have used life cycle assessment (LCA) for some time to determine the environmental impacts of their products.

In this MooreWise brief, Kileigh Shea discusses in-depth the implications of performing WBLCA and dispels some of the related myths.

When it comes to WBLCA, project size is not a factor; it's as useful and applicable for a two-story, 20,000-sf headquarters building as it is for a 35-story downtown office tower, speaking from personal project experience.

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Additional Resources
HARC: A Living Prototype for Sustainability Along the Gulf Coast
The Platinum Standard: Piloting the New LEED v4 on Capitol Tower
Promoting Sustainable Design Through Life-Cycle Assessment Applications