CWC Helps Advance Sustainable Design with LCA

Get ready for LEEDv4 and extend your sustainability toolkit by learning life cycle assessment (LCA). The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute provides free LCA tools and resources to construction sector professionals. CWC is pleased to help make that possible through our supporting membership in the Athena Institute.

LCA is an analytical method for estimating lifetime environmental impacts due to a product or process, and can help building designers quantify and validate their sustainability decisions. LCA measures resource consumption, waste creation, and potential impacts on air, land and water due to constructing, using and disposing of a building.

Four green building programs now have incentives for designers to use LCA to minimize the embodied environmental footprint of new construction. The LCA provisions in LEED®, Green Globes®, the IgCC and CALGreen are easier to achieve than they look. The Athena Institute announces a new guide that demystifies the credits and explains how the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings makes compliance easy.

Get the free software here and the free guide here.

Read the LEED V4 LCA Credit and Case Study.