Green Star doesn’t include quantification of any environmental indicator across the whole life cycle of the building (except if project uses the Materials Life Cycle credit option).

Life Cycle Design utilises Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to model whole of building whole of life performance, from construction through to end of life including all use phase impacts.

Example: Adding thermal mass will initially increase the embodied impacts of a project but might present savings over the operational phase, with lower energy demand for heating and cooling. Maintenance, repair and end of life impacts of additional thermal mass have to be analysed using integrated design approach.

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