Guiding Early Building Design with Streamlined Life Cycle Assessment

Joshua Hester

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joshua Hester is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on a probabilistic LCA methodology to assist in the design of buildings from early stages of the design process, even when many aspects of the design are uncertain or unknown.


Importance Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a method that building practitioners can use to analyze the environmental performance of a proposed building design. However, surveys of building practitioners have shown that LCA... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Joshua Hester (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  2. Jeremy Gregory (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  3. Randolph E. Kirchain (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Topic Areas

• Life cycle sustainability assessment , • Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure , • Decision support methods and tools


MS-16 » Circular Economy and Metabolism of Buildings (14:00 - Monday, 26th June, Room G)

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