Posts Tagged ‘life cycle assessment’


Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

An LCA Pioneer:
The whole story

A pioneer in bringing life cycle assessment [LCA] to the North American construction sector, the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute celebrates a 20th anniversary this year.



CEU Article - Advancing Sustainable Design with Life Cycle Assessment

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Advancing Sustainable Design with Life Cycle Assessment

By Jennifer O’Connor and Matt Bowick


Beyond regional material credits - Advancing the quest for truly sustainable design

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Local product sourcing receives a lot of attention in green building rating systems, but the geographic limit it imposes considers only the transportation impacts of material selection. It does not take into account all the other potential  environmental impacts that form part of the overall ecological profile of a material. Standardized life cycle assessment is essential for a true understanding of how sustainable building products and materials really are.

By Helen Goodland


Rating Wood - The big picture

Monday, September 26th, 2011

While there are many instances of promotion of other materials [e.g. points for fly ash promote the use of concrete], at the heart of the matter is the fact that unlike European and Japanese systems, North American rating systems have been slow to adopt life cycle assessment as a means to quantify the impacts of material choice.

By Helen Goodland


Hesquiaht Community School, Refuge Cove, Vancouver Island

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Hesquiaht Community School consists of a 1,330 m2 wood frame learning/community centre constructed in the isolated first nation community of Refuge Cove, 50km north of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Accessible only by air or water, Refuge Cove experiences severe climatic conditions in the form of 3.3m of annual precipitation and consistently strong southeasterly winds. The topography is steep, rugged and blanketed with thick underbrush and old growth forests.

By Leung Chow, McFarland Marceau Architects


Luminaire life cycle

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Sustainability rests on conservation and design quality

Energy efficiency and flexibility is achieved by lighting the open office area to a lower ambient light level and providing mobile-arm adjustable task lights at each desk to augment visual task illumination.
by Maninder K. Dhaliwal

Sustainability can be defined as an attempt to provide the best outcomes for the human and natural environments, both now and into the indefinite future. (more…)