Life Cycle Assessment

Clear, credible information on environmental impacts of materials helps consumers and code officials make more informed choices. It also drives improvement as manufacturers strive to improve energy efficiency, durability and environmental performance of their products.

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) provides a comprehensive, balanced, quantified look at significant product environmental impacts. An LCA is one of the most effective ways to demonstrate a product’s environmental attributes based on comprehensive analysis of life cycle impacts and transparent data.

“Green” product or material claims, whether based on certification programs or as stand-alone claims, are proliferating in the marketplace and navigating the meaning and validity of these claims is increasingly difficult. An LCA is one of the most effective ways to demonstrate a product’s environmental attributes based on comprehensive analysis of life cycle impacts and transparent data. » Read more

   
  The first LCA was published in 1969... Thousands, if not millions of LCA studies have been performed in the last 40 years… LCA practice is standardized through ISO standards (the ISO 14040 series) and there are also many other LCA standards to be found in … standardization bodies.

--Rita Schenck, Ph.D. LCACP, Secretary, American Center for
Life Cycle Assessment

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) - Overview by Mary Ann Curran, Ph.D.


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