As LCAs become an increasingly important tool in accurately assessing the carbon impact of buildings and the materials from which they're constructed, we have set up an initiative to build LCA capacity at a municipal level.
Earlier in the year we put out the project to tender, and after a competitive process, we are pleased to announce that the work is being led by Arkitema and COWI, who specialise in timber construction, and will be supported by the Nordic Wood in Construction Secretariat.
Aims and Objectives
Municipalities are key stakeholders in furthering the use of wood in construction, and many successful cases come from municipalities that have championed this agenda at a local level. As momentum and regulation grows to reduce the environmental and particularly the carbon impact of buildings, life-cycle assessments (LCAs) are becoming the go-to tool for assessing the full carbon impact of building materials and buildings.
This project aims to build capacity amongst municipal-level practitioners and developers to understand and work with LCAs and wood construction, and create greater understanding about how using wood as a building material can change the outcomes of an LCA and change the economic and environmental case for buildings.
Delivering the project
The first phase of the project is in analysing wood's performance in LCAs, and interviewing academic, industry and municipal stakeholders to build a solid picture of how LCA is currently used. This process will help clarify which datasets and calculation methods are used for LCA calculations of buildings utilising wood.
This will contribute the foundation of knowledge to develop a series of learning materials adjusted to the needs of municipal practitioners. Whilst the project was originally aimed a on-site capacity building activities around the Nordics, the COVID-19 situation has meant that more efforts will be made on creating digital toolkits and educational materials, and delivering e-learning opportunities, that will be tailored to specific countries.