Summary: The use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) provides useful information to support eco-efficiency improvements and therefore, to reduce the climate impacts of building designs. However, it does not provide information about whether a proposed design aligns with achieving the global climate target of limiting global warming to below 1.5°C or 2°C. To that end, this webinar will introduce an LCA-based top-down approach for setting climate targets for the whole life cycle of buildings in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed approach involves assigning a share of the 2°C global carbon budget for 2018-2050 to a country, to the construction sector of the country, and finally to a building. The usefulness of the approach will then be discussed in terms of a New Zealand new-built detached house.
Following the presentation, John McArthur will moderate a group discussion.
Speaker: Chanjief Chandrakumar is employed as a Post-Doc at Massey University, following the completion of his PhD in Environmental Life Cycle Management at Massey. His research focuses on the development and implementation of absolute sustainability assessment methods. In his current role, he is investigating the potential contribution of plant-based proteins to meeting the environmental sustainability targets of New Zealand within a Planetary Boundaries framework.
Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/356073942686927619