Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Understanding the impact of building materials traditionally involves Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), an in-depth form of analysis performed on whole buildings, manufactured building products and materials, and material assemblies. While LCAs provide a complete picture of the environmental impacts associated with a building, the practice of LCA is relatively new and confounding for most building professionals. Until recently, LCAs were typically conducted after construction, rather than during the design and planning process when the data could influence design decisions.
An experiment to analyze a new construction project from the LCA perspective
Building type: Single Family
Building lifetime assumed in analyses: 60 years
Building floor area: 2,860.00 ft2
Building height: 30.00 ft
Scope of analyses: Shell, Floors, Roofs