The Building Products Innovation Council (BPIC) developed the Building Products Life Cycle Inventory (BP LCI) to serve the national interest in reducing the impact of and improving the sustainability of the built environment. It is a freely available service developed and maintained by the building products industry. It provides a toolkit of nationally consistent and scientifically reliable methods and data which we recommend as the basis for conducting Life Cycle Assessment of building products and whole buildings in Australia.
The “Level Playing Field” Methodologies, Protocol and databases that form the BP LCI were developed from January 2009 to March 2011 by consensus of the members of the Building Products Innovation Council which includes the major Industry Associations representing the building material and product sectors in Australia. The resources provided here are specifically relevant for Australia, but much of the content is applicable internationally also.
The BP LCI includes:
BPIC members in association with the Australian Department of Industry Innovation and Science and Research jointly funded the BP LCI project. The project has been conducted by a broad based consortium of industry, academia and government to ensure that it is scientifically reliable, independently validated and consistent with international best practice; particularly the recognised international standards for LCI and LCA (ISO14040/4). As partners in the project, the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) have provided important leadership and advice.
BP LCI enables:
Manufacturers of building products to measure, report and improve the environmental impact of their products,
Building product users to assess the environmental impact of the these products,
LCA Tools suppliers to develop LCA tools and integrated building design tools,
Buildings rating organisations to develop LCA based assessments and credits
Carbon assessors to develop industry accepted Scope III carbon assessments for building products and buildings
BPIC will maintain the database and methodology to ensure that it remains current and available for use by an expanding group of products and the building industry at large.
The objective of this website is to describe the development of the BPIC BP LCI in a way that can be understood by all building industry professionals as well as by LCA practitioners.
If you have any questions in relation to the project or the BP LCI database, please contact BPIC via email.