To build sustainably, designers must calculate the lifetime environmental impacts of their structures—a process known as life cycle assessment (LCA). However, current LCA tools remain separate from current architectural design tools, making this process challenging.
CSHub researcher Jingyi Liu hopes to change that. She is developing a new LCA tool that integrates into an architect’s existing design toolkit. This new tool should allow architects to conduct LCAs early in the design process where they can have the greatest impact. Learn more in her latest research brief.