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Integrating Indoor Air Quality Considerations Into Materials Life Cycle Assessment
Buildings design professionals and their clients are increasingly interested in the environmental performance of their designs. So-called "life cycle assessments" (LCAs) have been done on some building materials. Most LCA practitioners have either ignored indoor air quality (IAQ) or stated that integration of IAQ into LCA practice is either impractical or infeasible. A "building ecology" approach to design, construction, and operation of buildings demands inclusion of IAQ in LCAs of building materials and products.