Life-Cycle Assessment

PCI and its members are committed to continuously improve the sustainable aspects of its products and processes in order to make an even greater contribution to sustainability. Given that commitment, and the history of PCI as a technical institute, it comes as no surprise that PCI engaged in a life-cycle assessment with Morrison Hershfield and the Athena Institute to investigate the environmental impact of precast concrete. The results will be used to provide information to the industry and used in research and development to improve products, delivery, and plant practices. 

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LCA model

A life-cycle assessment, or LCA, is a standardized method for examining a broad range of environmental impacts associated with a process or a product over its complete life cycle. ISO 14044 is the accepted standard to use when performing an LCA.

Only the LCA of a building can provide estimates of the full range of environmental burdens, such as embodied energy use and related fossil fuel depletion; other resource use; greenhouse gas emissions; and toxic releases to air, water, and land.

When applied to buildings, an LCA includes:

  • resource extraction
  • manufacturing and transportation of materials and prefabricated components
  • on-site construction
  • building operations, including energy consumption and maintenance
  • end-of-life reuse, recycling, or disposal