Circular built environment definitions

There are currently 4 definitions in this directory beginning with the letter L.

Resources are diverted to a landfill site, or discharged in surface water. Not only is all value lost, but landfilling waste also causes high levels of environmental pressure.

Life Cycle
Consecutive and interlinked stages of a product system, from raw material acquisition or generation from natural resources to final disposal.


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
A concept and a method to evaluate the environmental effects of a product holistically, by analysing its entire life cycle. This includes identifying and quantifying energy and materials used and wastes released to the environment, assessing their environmental impact, and evaluating opportunities for improvement.


Life cycle cost
Quantification of all the costs incurred during the lifetime of a good or service including planning, design, acquisition, operation, maintenance and disposal.


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