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Market leader releases cutting edge life cycle assessment software ahead of industry competitors

Australian based life cycle assessment software developers eTool have today announced the release of eTool LCA version two: the world’s most advanced, freely accessible, streamline LCA software tool for the built environment.

“We are very proud to be releasing our latest software development to the construction industry. Our key motivation when we started was to reduce global greenhouse gas emission, and as buildings account for 30-40% of anthropogenic greenhouse emissions there was a lot of room for improvement. With eTool LCA, not only can designers reduce the CO2 footprint of their buildings but using our integrated life cycle cost analysis they can also reduce the costs of their building design too. It’s a win-win for the environment and the economy!” 

Richard Haynes, Product Development Manager and Co-Founder.

With more than 100 innovative new features and improvements on the first online prototype, eTool LCA V2 includes:

  • Life cycle costing, financial performance reporting and comparison charts to highlight maintenance and operational cost benefits or excesses. Track your return on investment and expenditure over the design life of the building.
  • New environmental impact categories/intensities, now tracking life cycle Global Warming, Cost, Fossil Fuel Consumption, Water Use, Land Use, Ozone Depletion, Acidification and Human Toxicity.
  • International electricity grids, with over 24 additional grids covering the US, EU and AU.
  • Annual energy cost summary, calculate a building’s energy expenses by year for greater understanding of operating costs.
  • Better materials categorisation, and over 50 new materials have been added to make selection easier and new functionality enables material manufacturers to submit their own materials for listing.
  • Basic default costs for all materials, equipment, grids and energy sources are now available and LCA cost estimation from simply entering quantities of materials, equipment run time and operational energy.
  • An improved user interface including the redesign of key screens and popups.
  • “Nested” templates for greater speed and accuracy in producing a library of readily accessible templates.
  • Ability to clone LCA models and share with other users; great for advanced users interacting with multi-disciplinary teams, liaising with clients and seeking feedback from eTool certifiers.
  • Greater transparent and editable distance calculations for local materials.
  • Expression builder for selected fields: build a template for operational energy that takes the number of occupants and fully enclosed building area into consideration to calculate your energy demand.
  • Enhanced calculations and coefficients for greater accuracy.
  • Regional Life Cycle Environmental and Cost Inventories: this exciting new feature has successfully passed functionality tests and regional datasets are now being collating ready for implementation into the software.

Additional features in eTool LCA coming soon include more reporting options on all environmental impact categories; amended user interface for easier navigation; additional options to customise grids, materials, costs and transport and a software user forum for feedback and support.

Pricing

eTool LCA V2 is now available to use online through the eTool LCA app website. Individuals wanting to use the software for personal use can register for free and access all the new functionality and majority of features. Advanced user subscriptions for commercial use are also now available and range from Assessor Lite and Pro to Certifier and Regional Partner. Packages are tailored to the individual or organisation size and prices start from $2,000 for comprehensive training and project certification. Subscriptions can be purchased internationally and advanced users will receive either in-house or online training and support from the eTool team of engineers and architects.

 

About eTool

eTool is a world leading life cycle software company that optimises building design for lower environmental impact and greater performance. Utilising their unique software eTool LCA®, they work with architects, engineers and developers to measure and improve the life cycle impacts of buildings, surpassing industry standards. From residential and commercial to development and infrastructure, eTool LCA® makes sustainable development easy to achieve and cost effective for all size projects.

 

Media Contact
Siobhan McGurrin
Marketing & Communications Manager
+61 (0) 8 6364 3805
Siobhan@etool.net.au

Vote for eTool in GE’s Ecomagination Challenge

GE’s Ecomagination are looking for breakthrough ideas, technologies and innovations to help lower ANZ’s carbon footprint. They launched a competition back in August to search for the brightest ideas and there are only a few days left with the deadline closing in fast this Friday.

We’ve added our LCA software into the mix and would love your support!

All you have to do it head over the website here, log in via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn (only takes a second) and then hit the ‘I support this idea’ button. If you’re feeling inspired, leave a comment about our LCA and how you think it can help lower ANZ’s carbon impact!

The Five Minute LCA

This is an ambitious attempt at running a 5 minute LCA in the software to show you just how quickly a carbon footprint can be calculated. Have a look at this first to understand the process and then move onto our software introduction video to get started.

Retail Fitouts

Driving change in retail construction

Over the last few months, we’ve been working with conscientious building company Interface Constructions who really ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to marrying sustainability and the retail sector. With a strong environmental ethos driven by director Marc Masci, they are certainly leading the way, and to our knowledge are the first builders in Australia to offer carbon offset construction services to the retail industry.

Marc became interested in understanding the embodied carbon related to his work and has been using eTool LCA to measure all of his projects, both past and present. Since our first project with Marc, Interface have implemented a carbon management program and will be using eTool during the design phase to lower the carbon impact of his future retail projects.

Partnering with not for profit Carbon Neutral, Marc has already offset 20 tonnes with Australian native tree planting projects and will be featured as their Carbon Hero of the month in February.

For more information about Interface Constructions’ work with us, click here.

 

Product Roadmap

eTool LCA Product Development Roadmap

Over the last 3 years, we’ve been innovating and developing our LCA software to meet our commitment to combating climate change through low carbon building design. As well as adding new environmental indicators and cost impacts, we’ve made the interface more user friendly and are working hard to keep adding more international data and locations for our growing global user base.

In this video, Rich our Product Development & Operations Manager takes you on the journey of where we see eTool and eTool LCA heading. We know that our software is pretty unique and has been evaluated as one of the best carbon measurement tools in the world by sustainability academics, but that doesn’t mean we’re resting on our laurels!

We want you to understand our future vision of LCA and see the key player it will be in the green building revolution that we’re embarking on.

Watch this…

Zoom in and out for more detail here

 

Preparing for an LCA

In this video, we explore how much detail is needed to get the assessment going. The project detail request form is a spreadsheet that will be sent to clients at the start of an assessment, but it’s also a useful guide for software users to see what information they need to hand before starting their own LCA.  It can be downloaded here.

Example: Custom Road Template

This video shows you how to build custom templates so that you can add in bespoke elements to your LCA such as transport. We have used a road as an example to show you how eTool LCA can be used to analyse and compare civil structures or infrastructure.

Perth Green Drinks

Perth Green Drinks November – Where are they now?

To celebrate the “power of we”, sustainability in Perth, and all the good things Perth Green Drinks been facilitated in the last 5 years (that’s right 5 years!),the November event will see past speakers telling us where they are now and how their projects evolved.

Speakers include…

Wilma van Boxtel is an industrial product designer at Deseos Design and lecturer at Central Institute of Technology and Curtin University. She believes design is crucial to moving towards a more sustainable future, as it is allows us to rethink how to deliver products without damaging the world around us or compromising the well being of present and future generations. Wilma is particularly interested in Cradle to Cradle, a biomimetic approach to design that seeks to create efficient, waste-free systems. Wilma started Perth Green Drinks back in 2007!

Our very own…

Richard Hayes is a resource engineer, one of the founders of eTool and the driving force behind the company’s innovative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software. The software was rated one of the best in the world to quantify and lower the environmental impact of buildings through design. Today, it has 600 registered users. Richard was a speaker at Perth Green Drinks in 2010.

Eugenie Stockmann is one of the initiators and owners of The Green Swing – a small scale, sustainable, inner city real estate development in Lathlain. Now in the final stages of construction, The Green Swing has influenced a revaluation of planning codes by the Town of Victoria Park to accommodate sustainable practices. In her spare time, Eugenie studies towards a master degree in Sustainable Urban and Regional Development at Murdoch University. Eugenie was a speaker at Perth Green Drinks in 2011.

There will be lots of time for networking with FREE Little Creatures beer, and music by The Junkadelic!

The Hidden Pantry and Harris Organic Wines will have sustainable food and drinks for sample and sale.

Where Perth City Farm
1 City Farm Place, East PerthNote: The free Yellow Cat stops in front of City Farm, which is also located just a short walk from Claisebrook train station and along cycle routes. There is public parking on 158-204 Royal Street and Lime Street.
When Tuesday, 20 November,
Registration 5:45 (for a 6pm start) – 8:00pm
Cost FREE! Registration is required.RSVP by 16 November on Eventbrite – no need to print your ticket! http://perthgreendrinksnovember2012.eventbrite.com