It is a tall order for humanity to become healers of the planet. In order to do so, people need to tap into new avenues of influence that are not yet sufficiently explored and identified. It is essential to lessen the environmental impacts of buildings in ways extending far beyond operational energy and carbon by considering a holistic view of material and energetic flows across a building’s full life cycle.At the same time we must consider how to give back to the planet and create a regenerative future. This workshop will demystify the important practice of life cycle assessment (LCA) and inspire with an overview of handprinting,which identifies how we not only do less harm, but change things for the better.
Participants will gain the skills needed to calculate the life cycle impacts of buildingsacross their full lifecycle – material production, transport and construction, material replacement and maintenance; and finally material disposal or re-cycling, and to use the results during the design process to evaluate design options and identify low-impact solutions. In the afternoon, participants will learn about the current state of the science of LCA practice, how to interpret and compare LCA results, and the integration of LCA into certification schemes, such as LEED and the Living Building Challenge. Presenters will share case studies in which LCA informed design decisions on built projects and participants will generate a series of comparative LCAs using Tally, a Revit-integrated LCA tool. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of material, assembly, or whole-building LCAs and their thoughts and questions about this emerging practice.