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Advanced Topics in Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment XZEB 1166

Net-Zero & Passive House Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​​This course covers advanced topics for assessing data sources, interpreting, and reporting results of a whole-building life cycle assessment (wbLCA). The course will prepare students to conduct a wbLCA and prepare an environmental building declaration by understanding the quality and sources of data, advanced methods, and interpreting results using the Impact Estimator for Buildings web tool. Key topics include advanced data considerations, EPDs, advanced method issues for Module D (recyclability, biogenic carbon, carbonation, off-gassing), benchmarks, comparisons, and wbLCA practices consistent with national guidelines. To register for this course, learners must have completed the prerequisite 1160 and 1165. This is a pre-requisite for XZEB 1169. ​​Delivery Format: This course is intended to be a hybrid of online independent work and live tutorials. This course may be eligible for students to receive funding through the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant at Students register themselves into the course, then apply for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant to cover payment, if eligible.




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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the sources, quality, gaps, and workarounds that contribute to high-quality input data for wbLCA.
  • Discuss complexities and uncertainties when calculating environmental indicators.
  • Explain how to conduct a sensitivity and contribution analysis to interpret results.
  • Practice using the Impact Estimator for Buildings web tool.
  • Describe how to compare design options and estimate embodied carbon reductions​.

Effective as of Fall 2022

Related Programs

Advanced Topics in Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment (XZEB 1166) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment Professional
    Microcredential Part-time


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