eTool and Global GreenTag Form Partnership

Life Cycle Assessment Software provider eTool joins forces with leading eco-label Global GreenTag – to raise the benchmark on sustainable building and certified green products for the construction market.

eTool, a global leader in life cycle design and assessment of the built form and Global GreenTag, a unique and trusted provider of high level, life cycle based product certification have recently formed a partnership to enhance the life cycle impact assessment of buildings with product specific LCA options within e-Tool.

Global GreenTag operates the only ACCC approved National Certification Mark in the green building and product sector. Together, eTool and GreenTag will provide a greater joint resource to professionals and developers in the built environment sectors.

The partnership will provide a one-stop design space for building professionals, encouraging the combined use of eTool whole of buildings life cycle design services along with data from Global GreenTag’s LCARate Certified products’ Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) (summary LCA reporting) and also reward suppliers with GreenTag’s LCARate Certification and EPDs with project leads through eToolLCD.

Global GreenTag EPD’s will be available in the eToolLCD software later in 2016, Richard Haynes, Co-Founder and Lead Software Developer of eTool says “This is exciting because it marks the first time a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software provider has used the progressive and leading Global GreenTag LCA dataset.”
The partnership will allow eToolLCD users to compare industry average products with specific products that have Global GreenTag LCARate certification. These products will form part of whole of building life cycle assessment conducted using eToolLCD.

Richard said “eTool has always been a powerful tool in assisting design teams to reduce carbon impacts at the building level. It has helped create a healthy competition amongst developers. This recent partnership will now accelerate the competition amongst material manufacturers to improve their products to ensure they are specified in the buildings of the future. A perfect feedback loop.”

eToolLCD’s new software release will include improvement alerts so that users are prompted to consider EPDs that match existing generic materials or building components in the eToolLCD model. This new feature will also include a supplier contact form that enables eToolLCD users to request more information or quotes from product manufacturer.

According to David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the eTool and GreenTag partnership as a sustainability and product consultant with over 35 years experience in sustainability and LCA, “This is a perfect solution for industry”.

“In creating a life cycle analysis based rating system for products and publishing their respective EPDs, Global GreenTag has laid the foundations that create a powerful synergy between design and GreenTag certified product selection for benchmarking and improving the sustainability of projects …further, GreenTag provides robust, whole of sustainability metrics where none existed previously. We provide the building blocks and eTool delivers the building level outcomes. It is a partnership that will deliver big for the industry.”

“The more powerful tool that results from this partnership will, together with the industry, drive higher standards for the built environment and help create better performing buildings, in turn encouraging and supporting manufacturers who develop and produce healthier and environmentally safer products” he said.

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About eTool

eTool is a world leading life cycle assessment and design 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 whole of building life cycle impacts, 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.

About Global GreenTag

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd operates the Global GreenTag Certification Program under licence as an ISO compliant Type 1 ecolabel. As a standard, the Global GreenTag mark is also a world’s first.

It is approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) as an approved National Certification Mark and recognised by the Green Building Councils of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand as a recognised third party Certifier.

GreenTag implements unique life cycle assessment (LCA) based processes to certify and rate green building, interiors, personal and cleaning products, sanitary papers and a wide range of other products and technologies.

The system was developed with a global focus, comprised of 2 independent rating systems:
• Global GreenTag GreenRate certification enables products to be allocated Level A, B or C in the Green Building Councils’ of Australia (GBCA), South Africa (GBCSA) and New Zealand’s (NZGBC) Green Star™ rating tools’ Sustainable Products credits.

GreenRate is also recognised by the HomeStarNZ and Infrastructure Sustainability (Aust & NZ).
• Global GreenTag LCARate life cycle assessment based certification enables products to be rated according to their ‘cradle to cradle’ impacts to differentiate products from business as usual and other green product. It is also a recognised certification system under GBCA and GBCNZ Post Consumer Materials credits. LCARate is also the EC3 Global EarthCheck hospitality and conference/exhibition venue certification program’s Preferred Certification system and recognised by HomeStarNZ and Infrastructure Sustainability (Aust & NZ).

Both GreenTag Programs are also recognised by the:
– Green Star ‘Performance’ rating tool for Refurbishment products; and
– The UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment tool.

eToolLCD is IMPACT Compliant

Life Cycle Assessment App, eToolLCD has become one of the first in the world to comply with IMPACT LCA methodology

International software company eTool have achieved compliance for their software eToolLCD with BRE IMPACT standard. eToolLCD is a powerful web-based life cycle assessment (LCA) application for the built form that enables assessment of the entire environmental and cost impacts at any stage of a project in one model, providing a genuine “integrated design” approach.

This means that eToolLCD users are able to assess the embodied carbon, Ecopoints and other impacts of their building design using BRE’s highly regarded LCA method and data.

Flavie Lowres of BRE said “we are delighted that eTool has now become IMPACT compliant. Users have now got a new option for IMPACT calculations, which is great news for the market. All IMPACT compliant tools give the same results, which are based on BRE’s methodology and data. eTool can do LCA calculations for whole buildings”

Pat Hermon, eTool UK Business Development Director said “IMPACT Compliance means eToolLCD users can earn two credits in BREEAM New Construction UK up to 6 credits in BREEAM refurbishment and International and 15 credits in the new Home Quality Mark – we see this as a great way to promote eToolLCD into the UK and European market.”

This move will make eToolLCD one of few life cycle assessment softwares in the world that are compliant with the IMPACT LCA method.  Below are just some of the companies already using eTool, either as consultants or software providers, for their LCA requirements.

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Join us at one of the upcoming eTool Events hosted by eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon to find out more about eToolLCD and BREEAM.

Media contact:

Stephanie Morris
eTool Marketing Communications Coordinator
+61 (0)8 9467 1664
stephanie.morris@etoolglobal.com
www.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.

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Hannah Morton, Cundall

Featured User – Hannah Morton

Hannah Morton, Cundall

We now have over 1,800 registered eToolLCD users across 61 different countries and we’d like to take a moment each month to celebrate some of our amazing users who are working towards a more sustainable future.

Our featured user of February 2016 is Hannah Morton from Cundall. Hannah’s commitment to driving sustainability in the built environment, accompanies a background in renewable energy and low-impact building design, with experience spanning a wide range of project types from master-planning and large mixed-use developments, to premium office towers, residential, retail and retirement projects.

This month we asked Hannah the following question:

  • What does sustainable building mean to you?

“In my opinion, sustainable buildings are those which account for their life cycle impacts both up and downstream.  They should make a net positive contribution to the environment and society in which they exist, being equitable, resilient, healthy, life sustaining and respectful of all species. ”

 

The Story Of A Truly Sustainable Building

Here at eTool we are passionate about achieving genuinely sustainable buildings. We often hear people talking about energy, water, waste, transport, materials, and trying to address them all independently during the design process. But what really is a “sustainable building” and what are the environmental impacts they are creating? How do all of these elements come together and interact during the life of a building? This is a story about the only way you can truly achieve a sustainable outcome for your project.

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