Green building market drivers like the LEED program, emerging policy such as the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 and the City of Vancouver’s Embodied Carbon Strategy, and other sustainable design trends require qualified practitioners who can assess embodied carbon through life cycle assessment (LCA) and responsibly present options to achieve desired results and make important design decisions.
The Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment Professional microcredential provides the knowledge and skills needed to effectively use LCA in design decisions for works of construction. Developed in partnership with the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, this microcredential consists of four courses delivered online by experienced LCA professionals through a combination of self-paced work and virtual live lectures.
You will gain foundational knowledge of life cycle thinking, embodied carbon, and LCA standards and methods that you will apply as you conduct whole-building LCAs and calculate the carbon impact of building materials using Athena’s free LCA software. You will complete the microcredential with a final project where you will undertake a thorough whole-building LCA and produce a comprehensive report in compliance with the national guidelines on whole-building LCA.
Upon completion, you will have:
- Advanced knowledge and skills in whole-building LCA, including a solid foundation in LCA standards, method, and data.
- Experience conducting whole-building LCA using Athena LCA software.
- Ability to interpret results, assess uncertainty and limitations, make fair comparisons, and create proper reports.
No previous pre-requisites are required to enter this program. Practical experience in building design or policy is beneficial.
Project Leader, ZEB Learning Centre
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