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A Life Cycle Assessment: A revolution in green building design

GBCI: 0920000651

Learn how whole building LCA can be used to reduce building impacts and understand how it can lead to improved project outcomes.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LU/HSW

Rating system: v4

Published on: July 25, 2014

Average: 3.8 (11 votes)


LCA is fast becoming the new benchmark for sustainable design philosophy. It presents as the ultimate tool for ensuring genuinely positive design results and it has/is being integrated into most progressive green building standards globally. Where it has typically been employed to optimize individual products or concepts, it is now rapidly being deployed in the building industry.

Alex Bruce, Renewable Energy Engineer and Co-Founder, eTool will present his experience and insight. The learning outcomes of this presentation will ensure attendees will have a good understanding of what LCA is and how it can be utilized to improve the design outcomes of their next projects.


  1. Describe how LCA applies to the built form
  2. Explain the limitations and boundaries of LCA in analyzing the built environment
  3. Define how LCA can be integrated during design alongside standard ESD
  4. List low carbon design principles
  5. Consider what the future holds for LCA
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GreenCE, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
United States


Alex Bruce Renewable, Energy Engineer and Co-Founder, eTool
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Owner, ClearPoint Builders

Good presentation of LCA

Mechanical Engineer, DAR

Good course

Electrical and Data Communication Engineer, Woolpert Inc.


S.Architect, DAR


President & CEO, The Alexander Group, Inc.

An informative and understandable overview of LCA concepts with useful examples to illustrate important concepts. A link to software tools to aid in the LCA analysis of building materials and products would be beneficial.

Interior Designer, GLMV Architecture, Inc.

I enjoyed the course and thought it was well presented.

Environmental Development Manager, Chicago Housing Authority

Interesting course on LCA

Principal Sustainability Consultant, RES

A useful overview to LCA and some interesting statistics. A couple of the questions are badly typed though and would benefit from a re-write.

LEED Consulting & Sustainable Interior Design, Project Coordinating Services, LLC
Pro Reviewer

This course provides a good overview of LCA based on various examples of building projects in Australia. The course addresses a simple, step by step approach for the built environment but without actual calculations. The course looks at components that need to be considered when tackling LCA calculations. There are several comparisons outlining relevant information that must be integrated into design decisions which affect outcomes and are relevant to projects anywhere.

Architect, Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC
Pro Reviewer

This course is most appropriate for those who which to gain a better understand of what LCA is and its importance in making design decisions. General information as well as case studies are discussed. The course provides a good background on the aspects to consider part of LCA and uses illustrative examples. The course does not review the specific metrics or calculations of how to compare materials or outcomes, but reviews them generally.

Would have like more methodology and practical examples on how to calculate LCA but still quite unteresting

CEO, BuildingWise, LLC
Pro Reviewer

Based on an Australian model this workshop covers LCA using many examples of design and construction in Perth and surrounding areas (Mediterranean climates). As a general overview from a country that has 'counted carbon' for many years and who's system of achievement has embraced carbon as the focus of the LCA equation, it is a fine starting point for those of us needed basics starting concepts on which to building our understanding of LCA. Lots of analogies and examples are used to explain the methodology and expanded on with personal notations from the Australian presenter. However only brief comments concerned EPD's which would appear to be where LEED is heading at this time.

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