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Life Cycle Assessment Of Building Materials


This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Life Cycle Assessment of building materials, from energy associated with the harvest and manufacture of building materials to how material pricing, historical supply, and socioeconomic factors contribute to the total value of an item. Building on the Materials, Resources and IEQ introductory course, students will learn different methods of accounting for the impact of extraction, manufacture, shipping, installation and disposal/recycling/reuse of a material. Students will create case studies emphasizing a triple bottom line approach in evaluating the environmental, economic, and ethical impact of different materials. The coursework will review existing tools and standards such as ISO 14040, Cradle to Cradle and SimaPro as well as input from industry experts on the rapidly evolving field of life cycle analysis.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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