Energy + Performance
As Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) become more important for carbon reduction goals and tools allow designers to compare design decisions, it is still difficult to perform an apples-to-apples comparison when it is most beneficial – in early design phases. Typical workflows and digital tools require modeling of a partial or full building in order to be analyzed; if this happens late in the process, LCAs document rather than drive design changes. A rigorous process was developed to create an accessible apples-to-apples LCA guide (read: menu) for specific building components empowering early, informed design decisions. Due to its impact on a building’s embodied carbon and design, typical façade systems were studied first. The panel will present their process, the basics of LCAs and how to implement and integrate LCAs into workflows, as well as sharing insight from with the façade system comparisons which is applicable to all project types.