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WMAIA COTE: Life Cycle Assessment—Tools to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Buildings

  • COST

    For all 5 courses in Materials Certificate Program:

    members/nonmembers: $50/$100

  • TYPE





    1.25 LU/HSW AIA credits available.

Material selection is a core service provided by architects, but that process is far from simple. The AIA Materials Certificate Program untangles the complexities of that process in five essential courses. The key? Materials transparency. When you know everything you can about the materials you use, you're able to make the best product decisions for projects, people, and the environment. The courses cover different types of impacts, and best practices for reducing these impacts, from industry-best instructors. Take all five courses and earn a certificate.

COURSE 4—Life Cycle Assessment: Tools to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Buildings

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a useful tool for understanding products and whole buildings. This course simplifies the LCA process and describes its limits and opportunities for architects. You’ll also review an extended case study that reveals how one firm embraced LCA to deliver a LEED Platinum office building.

Learning objectives

  • Define life cycle assessment and describe its usefulness for products and whole buildings.
  • Reference international standards for life cycle assessments (ISO 14040 and ISO 14044).
  • Describe limits of comparing two Environmental Product Declarations.
  • List two tools for conducting whole building life cycle assessments.