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eTool LCA reveals 60% carbon cut for One Brighton

eTool LCA identifies dramatic carbon savings in leading UK development 

A life cycle assessment by eTool reveals UK-based BioRegional’s One Brighton project is delivering a 60 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the average UK home with the potential to achieve up to almost an 80 per cent reduction.

The impressive findings from eTool’s in-depth life cycle assessment for the inner city apartment development were recently released to a flurry of interest during the UK Green Buildings Council’s Embodied Carbon Week.

eTool’s LCA includes the embodied carbon emissions within this pioneering mixed-use and car-free twin block development, as well as One Brighton’s day-to-day operational emissions from energy and water consumption. As with all eTool LCAs, they are conducted with eTool’s unique online software, giving international standard EN 15978 compliant outputs.

eTool has also worked with BioRegional Australia on projects such as the 5×4 Hayes Lane project located in Melbourne, which was designed in accordance to One Planet Living principles. eTool software was used to calculate and optimise the full life cycle impacts of the project. eTool can assist projects in achieving endorsement against One Planet Living.

Pooran Desai, OBE, BioRegional co-founder, said: ”The Carbon LCA carried out by eTool shed new light on our environmental strategy at One Brighton. It has given us a clearer insight into the relative importance of embodied versus operational greenhouse gas emissions which will inform our next One Planet Community. Carbon LCA has come of age and eTool are right at the forefront of this very useful approach to measuring environmental impact.”

One Brighton was completed and occupied in 2010 and eTool’s LCA was an important part of the review of its performance against the targets set in the One Planet Action Plan. The One Brighton is Bio Regional’s follow-up multi-residential project to the world famous BedZed eco-village in Sutton, South London.

Pat Hermon, lead eTool LCA engineer, said: “An LCA never fails to raise interesting design questions surrounding not only material selection but operational energy, water, transport, waste and functionality. This LCA of One Brighton is no exception, particularly thanks to the transparency of the developers and post-occupancy monitoring – an important step forwards in closing the performance gap.”

 

The findings from the One Brighton LCA report and the project’s sustainability credentials have received a lot of attention in the UK. Read more about the project here:

One Brighton releases 60% fewer emissions – Building 4 Change, BRE Trust, UK

One Brighton: Achieving a 60% carbon cut, aiming for 78% – UK Green Building Council

One Brighton achieves deep carbon cuts  – Global Sustain, UK

BioRegional project delivers 60% carbon savings – Building.co.uk

eTool is watching with interest as BioRegional continues its work to reduce OneBrighton’s operational emissions in order to reach its 2020 target.

 

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Media contact:

Portia Odell
eTool Marketing Communications Manager
+61 08 9467 1664
portia@etoolglobal.com
etoolglobal.com

About eTool

eTool is a world leading life cycle software consultancy that optimises building design for lower environmental impact and high performance. Utilising our unique software eToolLCD®, we work with architects, engineers and developers to measure and improve the life cycle impacts of buildings, surpassing industry standards. eToolLCD® makes sustainable development easy to achieve and cost-effective for all size projects, from residential and commercial building to land development and infrastructure.
For more information, please visit www.etoolglobal.com. You can also follow us on Twitter, join us on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest eTool news, or read our blog.

Edge By Psaros

Edge by Psaros Wins International Property Award

Perth property developer and a long standing client of eTool, Psaros, was awarded one of the 2014 Asia Pacific Property Awards for their most recent development, ‘Edge by Psaros’. Edge by Psaros  is a 96 unit sustainable development located in Northbridge. It incorporates renewable energy technology, clever energy efficiency measures for individual homes and common areas and a long design life.

Check out this video to see what Psaros CEO, Danny Psaros and City of Perth Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi have to say about it:

 

 

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Wrap-up: The Great Debate

On 3 April, eTool and Cundall with support from Property Council of Australia, hosted The Great Debate: “What will transition us to sustainable buildings the fastest: Market, Legislation, or Incentives?” Alex Bruce (eTool) debated “Market”, Oliver Grimaldi (Cundall) debated “Legislation” and Lino Iacomella (PCA) debated “Incentives”.

The debate was a huge success and there was some great discussion with the audience on what the best solution is. To gauge the preferred solution and the impact of the debate, we took two polls, one before the debate and one at the end.

First Poll

Market           37%
Legislation     34%
Incentives      29%

Last Poll

Market           27%
Legislation     32%
Incentives      41%

Lino Iacomella who debated “Incentives”, was the winner of the debate, swinging the most votes by the end. The conversation was interesting and the night ended on a positive note, reiterating that there isn’t always one clear-cut solution, in most cases we need combination of all three.

 

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The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) embraces LCA

UDIA EnviroDevelopment Standards Embrace Life Cycle Assessment 

The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) is the latest industry body to embrace life cycle assessment (LCA) in a move that aligns it with a growing global trend in the property industry.

LCA was introduced into the EnviroDevelopment National Technical Standards v2 released by the UDIA in March as an “alternative compliance” mechanism for quantifying the environmental performance of materials selected for a project.

Projects have the option of conducting an LCA in lieu of any of the Materials criteria specified under the six elements that comprise the Standards including ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.

The UDIA sought the expert advice of eTool Co-founder and Director Alex Bruce in the formulation of the LCA component of the EnviroDevelopment Standards which, importantly, complies with the international standards for LCA: EN15978 and ISO14044.

“eTool prides itself on innovation so we’ve been working hard to ensure our software is compliant with the international standards for LCA. It’s not an easy task which is probably why eTool is among only a handful of software solutions that enable reporting to these standards,” said Richard Haynes, eTool Co-founder and Software Development Director.

“It’s exciting to see another progressive industry body incorporating LCA into their standards for assessing the sustainability of buildings and infrastructure,” said Mr Bruce.

“It demonstrates a growing understanding of LCA’s power and effectiveness in understanding the environmental and economic impacts of the built form and indicates a shift towards performance-based sustainability outcomes.”

Used to best effect in the early phase of a project, LCA is a powerful design tool that provides reliable, quantifiable information to developers, builders and consultants looking for a cost-effective way to reduce a project’s environmental impact and create better, longer- lasting outcomes.

Brent Thomas, Chair of the National EnviroDevelopment Board of Management said: “Support from experts like Alex, who is a strong advocate for LCA and the delivery of sustainable communities and spaces, is essential in the progression of EnviroDevelopment and we are thankful for Alex’s contribution to and support of the program.’

“The new standards, and the alternative compliance mechanism, maintains EnviroDevelopment’s philosophy of setting performance based benchmarks, allowing individual project teams to determine the most appropriate sustainability initiative for the project, cognisant of site characteristics, climate and vision,” said Mr Thomas.

The interest in LCA has skyrocketed and it now has a presence in many of the world’s leading built form sustainability rating tools including LEED (US), BREEAM (UK) and Australia’s Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star system.

eTool recently finished LCAs on three buildings in the high profile Kings Square project in Perth for developer Leighton Properties. They are expected to achieve their targeted 5-star Green Star ratings with the help of credits obtained through the LCA-based Innovation Challenge. The builders for Kings Square 2 and 4, Broad Construction Services, will use eTool LCA software to help achieve their Green Star rating target and also to meet the conditions for LEED certification required for Kings Square 2.

While eTool has been working extensively with builders and developers in the Green Star commercial and multi-residential space in recent times, eTool LCA software is as relevant and applicable to a broad range of other industry sectors including infrastructure, industrial and land development. Projects in these areas would similarly benefit from the detailed life cycle costing data and design information eTool LCA can produce, which enables informed and intelligent decisions to be made regarding the environmental and economic impacts of a project.

 

Media contact

Jo Thierfelder
eTool Marketing Communications Manager 0421 589 548
jo@etool.net.au
www.etool.net.au

Please note: Interviews are available on request.

About eTool

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

For more information, please visit www.etool.net.au. You can also follow us on Twitter, join us on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest eTool news, or read our blog.