Athena Sustainable Materials Institute Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation in the Green Building Sector

OTTAWA, Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and with a US affiliate in Pennsylvania, is a leading pioneer in the Green Building Sector and proud to have been on the forefront of sustainability metrics for two decades. This small non-profit has had significant industry impact over the past decades in the following ways:

    --  The Athena Institute started a revolution in green building design with
        its free tools for true cradle-to-grave environmental impact measurement
        of new construction.

    --  As pioneers of life cycle assessment (LCA) for the built environment,
        the Athena Institute is transforming tactics and accountability in green

    --  Thousands of design professionals, sustainability consultants and
        students are using the Athena Impact Estimator for buildings - the
        first, most comprehensive, and the only free LCA tool for the North
        American design and construction sector.

    --  Countless building and roadway projects can claim quantified
        environmental impact reductions thanks to the data and tools provided to
        the public by the Athena Institute - see some examples at

    --  Two decades of work at the Athena Institute enables the LCA incentives
        and embodied carbon calculations in green building programs like LEEDĀ®
        v4, the Living Building Challenge, the International Green Construction
        Code, and the Canada Green Building Council's Zero Carbon Building
    --  Twenty years of Athena Institute collaboration with the manufacturing
        sector has spurred sustainability leadership by the makers of
        construction materials. For example, Portland-limestone cement, a
        reduced-carbon version of cement, is gaining acceptance and clearing
        regulatory hurdles thanks to LCA performance data from the Athena

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