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

Net-Zero & Passive House Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This introductory course is for architects, home designers and builders, energy advisors & energy modellers, engineers, policymakers, and other professionals who will influence or perform whole-building Life Cycle Assessments (LCA's). 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 modelling 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 the whole-building LCA process in construction. This is a pre-requisite course for XZEB 1165, 1166, and 1169. Delivery Format: This course is intended to be offered fully online with tutorials with the instructor. The online learning model includes self-guided learning materials and activities in the BCIT Learning Hub.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of XZEB 1160 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 49494


Mon Sep 12 - Mon Oct 10 (5 weeks)

  • 5 weeks
  • CRN 49494
  • $252.72
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 12 - Oct 10 Wed 12:00 - 14:00 Online
Sep 12 - Oct 10 N/A N/A Online

Jennifer O'Connor

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. This course is a 5 week course with 2 live lectures on Wednesdays Sept 14 and 28 (12PM-2PM). Instructional sessions are delivered through a live interactive web-lecture through online course portal (BCIT Learning Hub) by industry subject matter expert instructors. Additional independent learning is completed in the online course portal.

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:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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