When looking at the environmental impact of a building, it is important to assess every stage of the environmental life cycle: from material extraction to product manufacturing, to building operations and maintenance, through end-of-life. Concrete offers environmental attributes that help reduce overall environmental life cycle impacts of a building. This course explores how life cycle assessment can be used to measure and lower the environmental impacts of buildings.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how concrete can reduce the life cycle impacts of a building
  • Understand life cycle assessment (LCA) and how it can be used to help measure and reduce the environmental impacts of a building
  • Explore how LCA is used in the green building standards
  • Explore an example of how LCA software tools can be used to reduce environmental impact of a building