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Posted: December 6, 2018

Carbon / Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) Workshop : A dynamic day of learning about impacts of materials and systems in our built environment

As building performance and energy efficiency increases for new buildings, greater awareness is being paid to the life cycle impacts of the materials and systems which comprise the building structure.  Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) has been recognized in most major green building rating systems as an important tool to evaluate and reduce the embodied impacts of construction, including transportation of materials. 

In addition, global  recognition  of  the impact  of  carbon  emissions  has  led  to  global,  national,  provincial  and  regional  regulations  being  enacted  to measure,  regulate and  reduce  both  operational  and  embodied  carbon  emissions.   Indeed,  the  City  of  Vancouver  now  requires  embodied  carbon  impacts  be  reported  for  all  rezoning  and  Vancouver  Affordable  Housing  Authority projects. 

Participants will: Learn why and how carbon is being regulated; Understand how carbon emissions are measured; Learn  how  nations, including Canada, report sources and are making efforts to reduce carbon emissions from natural sources and  building operations; Gain essential knowledge about LCA tools in general; Receive an overview of several different LCA tools currently in use, including a comparison of their similarities, differences and data sources; and Gain a functional understanding on using an important life cycle assessment tool, the Athena Impact Estimator. 
Maureen McLaughlin

Date: January 22, 2019
Event Type: Workshop
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
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