Jane Anderson (Construction LCA) has over 20 years’ experience in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Embodied Carbon and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for the construction industry.
After a degree in Architecture, ten years’ experience in the construction industry, and then an MSc in Advanced Energy and Environmental Systems, Jane started work as a researcher at BRE, where she coauthored one of the first set of Product Category Rules (PCR) for EPD, the BRE Environmental Profiles Methodology for construction materials, and three editions of the Green Guide to Specification; with use of the 2009 edition mandatory for all publicly funded UK housing projects as part of the UK Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes.
Jane also worked on the development of tools to evaluate embodied impacts of buildings (Envest2 and IMPACT), and has been heavily involved in international standards development, as the UK expert to both Centre for European Standards (CEN) and International Standards Organisation (ISO) working groups developing standards for EPD such as EN 15804:2012 and ISO 21930:2017, revising the European standard for life cycle assessment of buildings (prEN 15978-1:2020) and creating a standard enabling the digitisation of EPD to link with Building Information Modelling (BIM) (EN ISO 22057:2022). She is also involved with the development of a cross-industry initiative to develop the UK’s first Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard.
In 2023 Jane Anderson completed her PhD. Her thesis, ‘Reducing Embodied Carbon in the Built Environment: The Role of Environmental Product Declarations’, is available to download here. This research looks at how digital EPD data could be used to influence embodied carbon reductions and enable the construction industry to achieve net zero, and has already been cited in numerous articles or papers.