SBA Green Materials

Learning Objectives

This unit provides a foundation for understanding the issues underlying material selection and planning in a sustainable building. It outlines the following:

  • Factors in material selection and the issue of trade-offs.
  • Resources available to assist in evaluating whether a material is appropriate for a sustainable building project.
  • The analytical, systematic, and integrated process one might take to evaluate materials for a project.
  • Material considerations when using the LEED rating systems.
  • The changing role of material choices on a building’s carbon footprint.
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) benefits and limitations.

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