Guideline for LCA practitioners and users of building related LCA studies

Barbara Nebel.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly accepted as a tool to analyse the environmental impacts related to building materials and buildings. When using LCA data and results, it is important to understand the scope and purpose of the studies. The ISO framework and 14040 series of standards, provide an appropriate basis for LCA studies.

This paper assists LCA practitioners to implement the ISO framework in relation to building related LCAs, and enables users of LCA results to assess the quality and relevance of existing LCA studies.