As the impact of infrastructure on the planet increases, life cycle assessments have become crucial to the built environment industry.
A life cycle assessment (LCA) can be conducted to assess impacts over time when sufficient inventory data is available. Inventory data for a building includes all materials, products and services used throughout the structure’s life, considering the entire life cycle of each element.
An LCA is a necessary and vital assessment as it takes into account potential cumulative impacts not generally considered in a typical analysis, such as raw material extraction, material transportation and product disposal. Providing a much more accurate picture of the true environmental impact, allowing decisions to be made based on the environmental impact of each element, in hopes of having as minimal an impact as possible.
On 26 – 27 November, the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society will introduce AusBuildLCA, the first Life Cycle Assessment Conference for the building and construction sectors. Taking place in the Melbourne CBD at Mercure Treasury Gardens, the event runs concurrently with the first Agriculture and Food Conference and the ninth Life Cycle Management Conference, forming ALCAS’s conference series.
The ALCAS conference series is set to unveil new data, tools and methodologies for a more sustainable society. It will also provide a platform for discussion on approaches to counter climate change and promote environmental awareness in order to achieve smaller carbon footprints.
More information on the conference series can be found at www.lcaconference.com.au