Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute is a membership-based non-profit research collaborative bringing life cycle assessment (LCA) to the construction sector. The Athena Institute is a science-based organization placing a high value on credibility, transparency, and collaboration. Its goal is to provide robust and clear information that ensures footprint claims about materials and buildings are based on supported facts. Athena develops LCA data and software tools specifically related to construction, such as the Impact Estimator and the EcoCalculator. Athena also provides education, advocacy and expertise as North American codes and standards evolve towards LCA. With a highly specialized team of collaborators, the Athena Institute is frequently contracted for custom research projects that require a particularly deep level of knowledge and experience in construction sector LCA. Whenever possible, results of these research projects are linked back to the core goal of delivering LCA tools to the construction sector as a whole.

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