Introduction: This paper presents the results of a partial life cycle environmental assessment (LCA) of three alternative designs of a custom 2400 sq. ft. single-family home. The analysis was conducted using the Athena decision support software tool developed for architects and building designers.
The paper also addresses some of the practicalities and key data issues to be considered when applying life cycle assessment methods to whole buildings and building systems, and stresses the importance of ensuring comparability and equitable treatment of different materials and products through the use of accepted research protocols and transparent research processes..
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