Recorded Friday, July 29, 2016 · 1pm
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Demystify the LCA process from start to finish with a mix of concept review, software demonstration and self-assessment.
This course explores how Environmental Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) applies within the LEED Rating System, including its potential benefits and the technical challenges in successfully completing an LCA. This is an intermediate level program. Participants should already have a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of LCA.
Comprised of three modules, this course is designed to help participants understand what LCA is; explains the business case for conducting an LCA and how LCAs are produced; and discusses how to interpret the results of an LCA. The second module includes a case study of a product LCA, as necessary for the development of an EPD to contribute to achievement of Materials and Resources Credit Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental Product Declarations. The third module includes a Whole Building LCA case study, as applicable to Materials and Resources Credit Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction.
- Articulate the benefits of Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations
- Identify the new LEED v4 credits related to LCA and how to achieve them
- Analyze the results of a product LCA
- Interpret results of a whole-building LCA and recognize environmental impacts influenced by material selection
Who should take this course?
This course is designed for design professionals, manufacturers, business managers, or anyone else interested in understanding LCA, environmental product declarations (EPDs) and how they apply to the new Materials and Resources category credits in LEED v4.
MODULE 1: Course Introduction and Review (length: 00:18:37)
- Explain the terminology and the science behind LCAs
- Articulate how LCAs and EPDs may be beneficial for buildings and businesses
- Identify the new LEED v4 credits related to LCA
- Describe the steps to achieve those credits
MODULE 2: Product Case Study (length: 00:31:03)
- Recognize the software used to conduct LCAs of products
- Identify what data needs to be collected and how to collect it
- Choose the right software and path to conduct an LCA
- Interpret and analyze the results of an LCA
MODULE 3: Case Study: Whole-Building LCA (length: 00:54:06)
- Specify available software packages and how BIM software can contribute to the process
- Articulate the type of data and quantity take-offs required for successful completion
- Describe the role of industry standards and manufacturer data
- Interpret the results and recognize the environmental impacts influenced by material selection
Your registration fee also grants you access to a collection of worksheets, presentation slides and a handy glossary.
Pete Choquette AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M
Principal and Director of Design
The Epsten Group
Pete has served as Epsten Group’s Design and Consulting Department Manager since 2010 and is the longest tenured member of the firm, having started as a Project Designer in 2007. Choquette oversees the firm’s architecture and interior design service lines, which includes the ongoing Cyclorama Renovation and Savanna Expansion project for Zoo Atlanta.
Liz Minne Ph.D.
EPD Technical Analyst | Environmental Product Declaration, Energy, & Cost Specialist
The Epsten Group
Liz serves as an Environmental Product Declaration Technical Analyst II for the Epsten Group. She is responsible for conducting and evaluating Environmental Product Declarations, and is responsible for leading the group’s Whole Building Life-Cycle Assessment projects. Her PhD in Environmental Engineering is focused on the Life Cycle Assessment of building materials.