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Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessments Using Impact Estimator for Buildings XZEB 1165

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 builds on the technical foundation and basic principles of life cycle assessment (LCA) to begin practicing whole-building LCA. In the course, learners will apply their understanding of fundamental LCA standards to whole-building LCA. The course will be based on the Canadian national guidelines for whole-building LCA and will make use of the free LCA software, the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings. Key topics include: background material and energy environmental data, scenarios, creating a building model and conducting whole-building LCA, data quality considerations, environmental product declarations (EPDs), interpreting results, making comparisons, and reporting. To register for this course, learners must have completed the prerequisite 1160 or equivalent experience. This is a pre-requisite for XZEB 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. 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:

  • De​scribe the material and energy environmental data that underlies whole-building LCA, as well as data quality considerations and scenarios.
  • Explain how to create a whole-building LCA model.
  • Describe how Athena's Impact Estimator for Buildings software tool works and how to use the software​.
  • Discuss how to interpret LCA results, including uncertainty, and limitations, and conclusions.
  • Explain how to do a fair comparison of LCA results.
  • Describe how to responsibly interpret and report LCA results​​.

Effective as of Fall 2022

Related Programs

Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessments Using Impact Estimator for Buildings (XZEB 1165) 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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