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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)


A quantification of the level of energy and raw materials used as well as the solid, liquid and gaseous wastes produced at every stage of a product's life or process. LCA can be conducted for a whole process or for part of a process.

Example of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA):

In sustainable buildings, life cycle assessment is the key to keep track of resources being used and wasted. The data gathered by LCA is used to improve environmental practices.
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