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Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a performance-based approach to assessing the impacts building material choices have on the environment. When considered over a building’s lifetime – from harvest of raw materials through manufacturing, transportation, installation, use, maintenance and disposal or recycling – wood performs better than concrete and steel in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, carbon footprint and global warming potential.

To better understand and increase awareness of the environmental benefits of building with wood, FII completed three additional Life Cycle Assessments and 12 carbon calculations on B.C. buildings. Learn more about Life Cycle Assessments at