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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.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of XZEB 1160 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 49494


Mon Sep 11 - Mon Oct 09 (5 weeks)

  • 5 weeks
  • CRN 49494
  • $258.02
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 11 - Oct 09 N/A N/A Online
Sep 13 Wed 12:00 - 14:00 Online
Sep 27 Wed 12:00 - 14:00 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 13 and 27 (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.

In Progress

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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:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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