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Introduction to Embodied Carbon & Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessments CESA 1160

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​This introductory course is for architects, home designers and builders, energy advisors & energy modelers, engineers, policymakers, and other professionals who will influence or perform whole-building Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs). Minimal prior knowledge is required other than a basic understanding of buildings, material quantities in buildings, and construction materials. The course equips participants with the knowledge and skills to properly and effectively use LCA in designing buildings. Proper modeling and reporting of a building are critical in making important design or policy decisions to achieve the desired environmental performance. Key topics include life cycle thinking life cycle assessment, relevant ISO and EN standards, and whole-building LCA process in construction.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe life cycle thinking and life cycle assessment as a tool.
  • Explain relevant ISO and EN standards.
  • Describe the life cycle assessment process per ISO 14044 and the most common environmental impact categories.
  • Gain a basic understanding of how the LCA process is applied to construction products and buildings and a thorough understanding of how to define the object of assessment.
  • Discuss the potential impact of material embodied carbon emissions in relation to building operating energy emissions.

Effective as of Winter 2022


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