RESOURCES

LCA Data

  • US Life Cycle Inventory Database
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s LCA database containing data specific to the United States

  • GaBi
  • thinkstep’s professional-grade LCA tool

  • Quartz Project
  • An open-source LCA dataset created by thinkstep, Google, Flux, and the Healthy Building Network

  • EPD Standards
  • An ASTM International guideline for the rules and regulations surrounding Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

Health and Toxicity

  • Health Product Declarations (HPD) Collaborative
  • An explanation of the open-source standard for Health Product Declarations

  • HPD Library
  • The HPD Collaborative’s searchable database of Health Product Declarations

  • Materials Red List
  • The International Living Future Institute’s list and description of material toxicity and ecosystem impacts

  • Declare Label
  • The International Living Future Institute’s outline for a labelling scheme that captures materials’ impacts on human health

Green Building

  • AIA Materials Working Group
  • The American Institute of Architects’ explanation of the impacts associated with building material choices

  • Architecture 2030
  • The official website of a sustainability initiative and education program

  • The Living Building Challenge
  • The official website of a holistic, green building certification

  • US Green Building Council
  • The official website of the governing body for the LEED Rating System

  • Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction
  • The USGBC’s explanation of the LEEDv4 building life-cycle impact reduction credit

  • Preservation Leadership Forum
  • A forum focused on preventing environmental impacts by preserving existing buildings

  • EN 15643
  • The EN Standard Store’s description of a European standard for assessing buildings’ environmental performance

  • EN 15978
  • The EN Standard Store’s description of a European standard for assessing buildings’ environmental performance

LCA in Practice