Mainstreaming LCA in the Built Environment

Status: Implementation

Area: Global

Short goal: Publish a report outlining the business case for the construction and real estate industries to use life cycle metrics.

Short deadline: 2016

Progress: Publicly available report on the business case for life cycle metrics in the built environment attached.

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The initiative is articulating the business case for using environmental life cycle metrics throughout the building value chain. Through an industry stakeholder engagement exercise, the project team also aims to identify: which metrics are being used; why they’re measured and analyzed; and how life cycle thinking is integrated into regular operations. The project team anticipates to uncover the ‘lowest common denominator’ of LCA indicators: What are the life cycle metrics ("common language") which all players along the value chain share?

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