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

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 introduces the life cycle assessment (LCA) technical fundamentals needed to effectively practice of whole-building LCA and use whole-building LCA results and environmental product declarations (EPDs). Learners will develop their understanding of LCA standards, methods, and data in the course. They will learn LCA concepts and technical language in general and as applied to buildings such as LCA phases, life cycle stages for a building, and building model scope. The course equips participants with the technical foundation to establish expertise in whole-building LCA and EPDs. Key topics include life cycle thinking, LCA purpose and applications, embodied carbon, relevant ISO and EN standards, LCA process and data, EPDs, and national guidelines in whole-building LCA. This is a pre-requisite course for XZEB 1165, 1166, and 1169. Delivery Format: This course is intended to be offered fully online with live tutorials with the instructor. The online learning model includes self-guided learning materials and activities in the BCIT Learning Hub. 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.


  • 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 LCA as a tool.
  • Explain relevant ISO and EN standards relevant to construction-sector LCA.
  • Describe the generic process per ISO 14044 and the most common environmental impact categories.
  • Explain how the LCA process is applied to construction products and buildings.
  • Describe 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 Fall 2022

Related Programs

Introduction to Embodied Carbon & Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessments (XZEB 1160) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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