Building for the Future:
Getting into Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations
presented by Rob Sianchuk, MASc
Sessional Instructor, Dept. Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia
Research Associate, Athena Institute ( www.athenasmi.org )
at the May 18th, 2011 Meeting of the Western Canada Group Of Chartered Engineers ( www.wcgce.org )
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a method that enables decision makers to put the environment on an equal footing with economics in their decision making. In the building industry, there are clear indications that LCA is a growing topic within LEED, ASHRAE, the Internatioal Green Consruction Code and the publication of the ISO 21931-1 standard. In practice however, LCA is still a developing scientific method with many doors still left to be opened in the realms of policy, education, tools and data. In a timely presentation Rob Sianchuk will address these areas with through his work and experience in the LCA field. The presentation will consist of four main discussion areas- What is LCA? - Evolution of Building Industry Towards LCA - Applications and Implications of LCA in Building Design - Other Activities and Future Directions of LCA in the Market. The presentation format is open and discussion will be encouraged!