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

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​This introductory course is for architects, home designers and builders, energy advisors & energy modelers, engineers, policymakers, and other professionals who will influence or perform whole-building Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs). 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 modeling 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 whole-building LCA process in construction.





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 89786

Mon Jan 17 - Mon Feb 14 4 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 17 - Feb 14 Online
Jan 19 Wed 12:00 - 14:00 Online
Feb 02 Wed 12:00 - 14:00 Online


Jennifer O'Connor

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Two live online lectures on Wednesdays from 12pm-2pm PST: January 19 & February 2. Remainder of learning is completed asynchronously online. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe life cycle thinking and life cycle assessment as a tool.
  • Explain relevant ISO and EN standards.
  • Describe the life cycle assessment process per ISO 14044 and the most common environmental impact categories.
  • Gain a basic understanding of how the LCA process is applied to construction products and buildings and a thorough understanding of 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 Winter 2022


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