Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Incubator
The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Incubator is an initiative of the GreenLight Alliance. The pilot study serves as an invitation to the industry to work together, across expertise and territories, in a collaborative approach to address the impact of our designs on people and the planet.
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The goal is to take a collective step towards transparency, constructive dialogue and a consistent approach to measuring, reporting and applying LCA information for lighting design decision-making.
This preliminary study will identify gaps in data and the LCA analytical process that warrant industry response.
Applying data to field case studies will
provide insight into competing qualitative and quantitative design priorities with a view to
harmonizing global LCA frameworks.
From September 2022, through the LCA Incubator, 25 manufacturers and 30 lighting designers from across the globe have begun to make a collective commitment to investigate the current life cycle impact of commonly used fixtures and lighting strategies, respectively.
Manufacturers are participating from North America & Europe with Lighting Designers from North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa & Latin America are involved in the study.
Data collection and analysis will be conducted by LCA expert, Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (Athena) - a non-profit research organization specializing in ISO-compliant LCA for the building materials and construction sector.
1. Five Industry EPDs -
Providing third-party verified data on the life cycle
impact of five common commercial luminaires
2. Outline of impact -
Resulting from alternate spatial design strategies in
typical space layouts experimenting with qualitative and quantitative design criteria.
3. Recommendations on areas requiring industry consultation -
Consensus for LCA framework harmonization and further research on lighting specific LCA questions.
Who's Taking Part
The below manufacturers are 'Prime Spec Partners' who are investing their time & expertise to help create a more digestible and accessible LCA and improve lighting design & decision making.