LEED v4 Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)


LEED v4 Building Design and Construction (BD+C) includes a new credit, Building Life-cycle Impact Reduction. One of the options available for this credit is Option 4: Whole building life cycle assessment (LCA), worth three points, with a possible exemplary point. The new credit encourages projects to make early design decisions to reduce environmental impact. LCA is a tool that allows architects and other building professionals to understand the energy use and other environmental impacts associated with all life cycle phases of the building: raw material procurement, manufacturing, construction, operation and decommissioning.

Come join us as we dive into why whole building LCA's are the new "hot" thing in sustainability for the built environment and how your projects can easily understand and improve their life cycle impact. We will be discussing the details of the LEED credit, best practices for approaching the LCA process, and the impacts of design and material choices.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the benefits of performing a whole building LCA and addressing embodied carbon.

  • Discuss what conducting Whole Building LCA entails.

  • Learn about the different material options and how to make choices that help with credit achievement.

  • Understand who needs to be engaged in the LCA process and how to best engage them.


4:30 p.m.

Check in/networking

5:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

Q&A and wrap up


Annie Kell, Group14 Engineering

Annie is a Sustainability Engineer at Group14 Engineering. She specializes in sustainability certifications, energy benchmarking, and built environment materials review and selection. She is a LEED AP and has extensive experience in renewable energy technology, energy and water efficiency, and sustainability consulting. She has been a long-time volunteer for the USGBC, serving as Chair of the Emerging Professionals committee and a member of the Metro Branch Education and Rocky Mountain Green Planning committees.

Phin Stubbs, Group14 Engineering

Phin is a Sustainable Design Consultant at Group14 Engineering with extensive background and knowledge in building and environmental science as well as LEED and WELL certification management. He holds a Masters' of Science in Environmental Management & Sustainable Development from St. Edward's University and carries both LEED AP and WELL AP designations. Phin has managed and consulted numerous project types including commercial, residential, industrial, government, and school projects.

Dr. Wil Srubar, University of Colorado

Dr. Wil V. Srubar III leads the Living Materials Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder and advanced materials R&D initiatives at KATERRA. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute, and he is a LEED Accredited Professional. Dr. Srubar received his PhD in structural engineering and materials science from Stanford University in 2013. He directs the Living Materials Laboratory, which focuses on research integrating biology, polymer science, and cement chemistry to create novel biomimetic and living material technologies for the built environment.

*1 hour GBCI continuing education credit, pending approval