Life Cycle Inventory Database

Applied Research co-sponsored a multi-agency effort to establish a database of delivered environmental impacts for all U.S. building equipment and materials. The vision is to have the database support a more responsible application of building features, systems, and materials by analyzing comparative impacts on the environment. Data must consider the complete life cycle of a building – the total energy and materials used. For instance, a building may save energy by using wood from North America instead of wood from Asia.

Other agencies supporting this ongoing effort include the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database is a public database that allows users to objectively review and compare analysis results. This is a powerful tool for anyone involved in building design and construction, from architects to building owners to construction companies.

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