LCA for Sustainable Buildings

The development of more sustainable infrastructure is at the heart of our societies’ objectives, as outlined for example in goals 9 and 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this context, more and more building certifications such as LEEDv4 or the zero-carbon building standard are based on life cycle thinking for some of their evaluation criteria. Such an approach notably allows a better distinction between the potential environmental or social impacts of a building according to the different stages of its life cycle, in particular the distinction between intrinsic and operational impacts. It thus makes it possible to promote more informed decision-making, whether in the design of a building or its renovation.

Training objectives

  • Understanding the value of life cycle thinking in designing more sustainable buildings
  • Understand the role of life cycle thinking in building certifications
  • Mastering the basic concepts of a life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Differentiate different ways of communicating LCA results in the building sector (environmental product declaration, detailed LCA, etc.).

What you'll learn

    Principles and Concepts of Life Cycle Thinking for Sustainable Buildings

  • Introduction
  • The Basics of Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
  • Life cycle thinking in other spheres of sustainable development
    Applications of LCA in the building industry

  • Communication of LCA results: from the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to the detailed LCA
  • Example of studies during the design or renovation of buildings
  • Linking Life Cycle Thinking to Building Standards or Certifications

For whom is this training?

Anyone wishing to sharpen their understanding of the contribution of the life cycle assessment method to the design of sustainable buildings (architects, engineers, managers, professors, researchers, students, etc.).


François Saunier

François Saunier is lead for the projects related to circular economy. He authored, co-authored, or is currently involved in several LCA studies and projects. François Saunier has also worked in the development of several courses on LCA and sustainable production and regularly participates in graduate students training.


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