eToolLCD Automated Reporting

We love Life Cycle Design and we want to make it attractive to everyone. We are driven on innovation and passion, and backed up by a constantly improving scientific approach.  We are always looking for ways to make LCD more mainstream and encourage greater uptake by the built environment sector.

 

Transparency is key to successful Life Cycle Design practice and we are very excited to announce eToolLCD now produces EN15978 compliant automated reports.  Yes, no more editing documents or tables outside the software to produce your final reports!

 

Our goal with eToolLCD and our community of software users is to achieve carbon reduction by allowing better understanding and consistent measurement of the whole life carbon emissions of built projects.

GWP Graph

GWP Graph

The automated reporting functionality was developed to comply with the widely accepted environmental performance assessment methodology EN 15978 (link to EN15978 blog post). We all know eToolLCD produces results in accordance with EN15978 but the automated reporting increases a standardized approach to its practical implementation and interpretation including:

  • Introduction
  • Goals
  • Scope
    • Functional Unit, System Boundary, Environmental Indicators, System Description, Cut off criteria, Allocation, Independent review
  • Inventory Analysis
    • eToolLCD software, Data quality, Completeness,
  • Life Cycle Impact Assessment
  • Life Cycle Interpretation
  • Conclusions
  • References
    • Background LCI Data, Inventory Design Documentation, Inventory Assumptions, EPDs
  • Appendix
    • Environmental Indicators Description, Detailed Structure Scope Diagram, Detailed Life Cycle Inventory

Click here for an example report

We are making Life Cycle Design easier for everyone so get in touch with us to start using eToolLCD or engage eTool as consultants on your next project.

HBF Arena – Life Cycle Costing

eTool was engaged by EMCO to conduct a Life Cycle Costing (LCC) study on the HBF Arena Upgrades located in Joondalup – WA. The design development report required a conclusive whole facility life cycle cost analysis showing cost elements to be budgeted for in each year of the planned project useful economic life.

 

The object of the assessment was the structure itself. eToolLCD software was used to model the LCC using available construction drawings. The assessment included all the upstream and downstream processes needed to provide the primary function of the structure from construction, maintenance, operation, and finally demolition and disposal. The inventory included the extraction of raw materials or energy and the release of substances back to the environment or to the point where inventory items exit the system boundary either during or at the end of the project life cycle.

LCC Diagram

LCC Diagram

The results of the life cycle model over the 50 year period showed little difference between the benchmark design and the concept design as both assume NCC compliant ‘deemed to satisfy’ thermal comfort measures. It was assumed that the concept design had slightly better energy consumption due to design features (like the extended roof) which should be of benefit. These design features were also reflected in the capital costs of the building design. The Low Impact design (assuming all low impact strategies are put in place) significantly exceeds the performance of the other designs modelled. This is due to energy cost savings which are significant (over $100,000) in the first year and expanding over time with inflation).

Opportunities – The study highlights a number of opportunities to improve the LCC of the buildings during the operational phase. These are summarised below:
• Care for the sprung floor in the sports hall to extend the life past 25 years.
• Care for other floor finishes (carpet and vinyl throughout) to extend their life.
• Care for the sports seating in the sports hall to extend life past 15 years.
• Ensuring energy is conserved by switching off lights and air conditioning in zones that are not in use.
• Ensuring building ventilation systems are deactivated when the buildings (or zones) are not in use.
• Minimise cleaning costs by spacing cleaning frequency, careful selection of service provider and setting high expectations of occupants regarding cleanliness.

eTool LCC is a whole of building, whole of life design approach aimed at improving the economic performance of buildings. The scope of the LCC model provides certainty that design decisions made with the aim of improving performance of one life cycle stage or component of a building don’t result on poor trade offs and net reductions in performance.

ACV de Edificação – Mais fácil e perto de você (Portuguese)

Quantificar sustentabilidade ambiental foi o desafio que deu origem à empresa eTool. Desde 2010, os amigos e engenheiros australianos Richard e Alex desenvolvem o software eToolLCD para realizar cálculo de impacto ambiental na construção e promovem uso da metodologia Avaliação de Ciclo de Vida (ACV) para garantir performance ambiental genuína nos projetos em que participam.

Desde então, a equipe da eTool cresceu e expandiu da Austrália para a Europa e agora também para as Américas. A empresa já completou mais de 200 análises de projetos residenciais, comerciais e de infraestrutura, prestando serviço de consultoria ou fornecendo solução de software para a equipe de projeto.

O software eToolLCD é totalmente web-based, atende às normas ISO 14044 e EN15978 (específica para ACV de edificação), possui atualmente mais de 1.500 usuários ao redor do mundo e pode ser utilizado para obter pontos na certificação Green Star, BREEAM, LEED, entre outras.

Eu trabalho com a eTool desde 2012, onde me especializei em Avaliação de Ciclo de Vida e fui líder da equipe responsável por conduzir os estudos técnicos e colaborar com a equipe de desenvolvimento de software. Depois de morar cinco anos na Austrália, voltei para o Brasil para dar continuidade ao trabalho que iniciei em 2014, mas agora em definitivo para desenvolver a eTool Américas. É um grande desafio e também uma realização pessoal e profissional trazer para o Brasil uma metodologia que ainda não é muito utilizada, mas tem um grande potencial para auxiliar equipes de projeto a reduzir o impacto ambiental das construções e também demonstrar viabilidade financeira por meio da Análise de Custo do Ciclo de Vida.

Somos uma empresa apaixonada em projetar melhor e garantir bem estar social e harmonia com o meio ambiente. Estou entusiasmado para trabalharmos juntos.

Redução do Impacto do Ciclo de Vida do Edifício – LEED (Portuguese)

Análise de Ciclo de Vida (ACV) é uma metodologia usada para avaliar os impactos ambientais associados a todas as etapas da vida de um produto ou serviço. É uma abordagem holística que engloba a extração dos materiais, processamento, fabricação, distribuição, uso, reparo, manutenção, descarte e reciclagem ao fim da vida útil. A ACV quantifica os impactos ambientais e compara a performance por meio da funcionalidade do produto ou serviço. A performance de um prédio comercial, por exemplo, pode ser avaliada por meio do impacto ambiental por m2 de área locável por ano (kgCO2/m2/ano). O estudo de ACV permite identificar as potenciais áreas para aumento de performance e redução de impacto ambiental, podendo também incluir recomendações de melhoria para a equipe de projeto. A ACV é regulada pelo padrão internacional ISO 14044 (e EN15978 especificamente para edificações) e a aplicação na área de construção civil é utilizada mundialmente para promover desenvolvimento sustentável.

Na certificação LEED, o objetivo do crédito Redução do Impacto do Ciclo de Vida do Edifício é otimizar o desempenho ambiental de produtos e materiais e permite obtenção de até três pontos. Apesar da metodologia permitir avaliar impactos relacionados a todo o ciclo de vida do projeto, este crédito LEED (opção 4) tem o foco apenas na estrutura e recinto do edifício, durante período de 60 anos. Ao comparar a performance do projeto proposto com o modelo de referência (Baseline), a equipe de projeto deve demonstrar redução de impacto de no mínimo 10% em pelo menos três categorias de impacto (por exemplo: aquecimento global, depleção da camada de ozônio e eutrofização).

A eTool, empresa Australiana especializada em avaliação do ciclo de vida de todo o edifício, desenvolveu o software eToolLCD que atende aos requisitos técnicos da norma ISO 14044 e pode ser utilizado na certificação LEED. A eTool iniciou operações em 2012, já completou mais de 300 análises internacionalmente e é pioneira no uso de ACV para certificação na Austrália (Green Star). Atualmente, está expandindo os serviços na Europa (BREEAM) e nas Américas. Os projetos LEED que utilizaram o software eToolLCD incluem: King Square 2 – Cundall (Austrália), Wildcat Building – Arup (Dinamarca) e ENOC Tower – AESG (Dubai).

“A única forma de garantir redução de impacto ambiental é quantificar a performance ao longo da vida útil do projeto e a metodologia de ACV foi desenvolvida para auxiliar na tomada de decisões. Este crédito LEED será muito importante para as equipes de projeto trabalharem de forma ainda mais integrada e o software eToolLCD facilita muito esta análise”, afirma Henrique Mendonça, engenheiro da eTool que está de volta ao Brasil depois de passar cinco anos na Austrália e se especializar na prática de ACV de toda a edificação.

Saiba mais sobre nossos projetos recentes aqui.

 

 

LCA – More than just easy credits

Since being awarded IMPACT compliance in Christmas 2015 eTool now have many clients successfully using eTool on either a consulting basis or as LCA software providers.  With an IMPACT compliant LCA they can guarantee the two bonus LCA Materials credits in Breeam New Construction 2011/2014. These credits are awarded as a bonus to the Green Guide materials credits and awarded for completing an LCA and reporting on the results. 6+1 credits can also be achieved under Breeam Fit-out/Refurbishment/International, up to 23 credits in HQM and 3 under LEED.  The tool can also be used to assist in life cycle costing Man 2 credits, and Mat 06 Resource Efficiency.  The Bre are trying to encourage uptake in LCA and for the time being the credits can be applied at any stage of the design – effectively points for trying.

Below are just some of the clients who we have been working on LCAs with to date.  Although the primary motivation is often Breeam related, LCA is also providing some fantastic learning outcomes for design teams.

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“We have been using eToolLCD for the last year and have completed 3 certified assessments.  As with any new software there is a learning curve involved but the training and level of support has been excellent and we can now complete an IMPACT assessment on our project in a couple of days (depending on complexity).  This has enabled us to give our clients and design teams valuable information on the environmental impacts of design options as well as giving an additional 2% to the projects BREEAM assessment once the eToolLCD model has been certified.” David Barnes, Volker Fitzpatrick 

Find out more about our recent projects here.

 

 

GBCA Feedback

eTool drives on innovation and forward thinking to bring solutions and help us mitigate environmental impacts. We have been working closely with GBCA since 2013 when LCA was included as an Innovation Challenge. Since completing its first LCA later that year, eTool has become a leader in providing consultancy and software services related to LCA for the Green Building industry.
There are now over 50 projects that used eToolLCD to achieve the Materials Life Cycle Impact credit and technical experience was developed internally at eTool and amongst software users.
The construction industry is moving to LCA for environmental decision making, and recognising that the only way to prevent adverse trade off is to use life cycle assessment within a life cycle design process. Following this global trend, eTool thought it was very important to provide feedback when GBCA opened for public consultation. Here are some of the key points included:
• Consideration of functionality in the principles, and use of LCA as early as possible to inform the design process.
• Normalisation and weighting should be considered to prevent negative trade offs between environmental impacts and guarantee whole of building performance.
• Use of LCA model to calculate GHG, Water and other life cycle impacts because it is very flexible, it delivers good environmental outcomes and it is aligned with global trend, which simplifies the maintenance of GS calculator tools.
We look forward to the advancements of LCA use within the Green Building industry so please stay tuned for more news on this soon.

 

Validated Templates in eToolLCD

What is a Validated Template?

The eToolLCD software allows you to conduct a life cycle assessment of a whole building quickly and accurately. To quantify the environmental impacts of a whole building over its whole life is not a trivial exercise. eTool has made the process manageable. Conducting a Life cycle assessment is becoming a normal part of the design process.  This is made possible by the depth and breadth of templates available in the eToolLCD Template Library.

A Template is the term we use to describe the logical grouping of elements, e.g. a concrete block wall.

Within the Template Library, there are private, public and validated templates. As a user, you can maintain the privacy of your templates if you choose to. However, we encourage you to Request Validation of your templates. This will initiate a process where an eTool Certifier will review the template and once it is has passed an QA check, it will be Validated. The template then becomes Public and Validated. It will show the Thumbs Up symbol alongside the title when viewed in the Library browser.

Screenshot of eToolLCD Template

Screenshot of eToolLCD Template

What is involved in the process of Template Validation?

The key points in the Quality Assurance process we use to validate templates include;

  • Read the Description (under the Details tab) and follow any links to external documents or sources of information. The creator of the template should include enough information in the Description to allow an independent verification of the material types and quantities and explain any formulas used
  • Check the material quantities in the Template, comparing against supplied references and or similar Templates in the Library
  • Check the overall impact of the Template compares reasonably to functional equivalents
  • Check the Library Template Quantity by inserting the template into a test design and confirming the calculated quantities behave as expected
  • Work through the details of any checks that fail with the template author until the Template passes all checks

The eToolLCD Template Library provides a rich knowledge resource to all of our users. We encourage you to create new Templates where you see a gap in the Library and to get these templates Validated.

5 Ways to add value to your services using Life Cycle Design

Life Cycle Design (LCD) has quickly become the go-to method for defining sustainability in buildings in governments, green building councils and organisations around the world. It is considered best practice for good building design by the International Standard Organization (ISO 14044) and is a powerful methodology for ensuring genuinely sustainable and high performance outcomes.

This article and video recording provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Be inspired by how LCD has been incorporated in different sectors and projects, and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics covered include:

What is Life Cycle Design and the methodology
The importance of green buildings and measuring building environmental performance
Green Star projects – general overview
LCA as a required part of ESD tender documentation
ISCA and use of LCD as an integrated desgin approach
LCD for regulatory approvals
Marketing and sales campaign
eToolLCD software 

 

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LCA for Infrastructure projects

After completing the LCAs for Brookfield Multiplex on the New Perth Stadium, for LendLease on the Waterbank – Infrastructure and Public Domain Area (IPD), and currently working on the NorthLink WA Southern Section with John Holland, eTool is excited to share with you how LCA can be used for Infrastructure project.

On this video recorded during our last webinar, LCD Engineer and Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonca shows why Life Cycle Design adds value to an infrastructure design process and how it can be done using eToolLCD software. It also provides an overview of potential IS credits (Infrastructure Sustainability) using Life Cycle Assessment by integrating materials, energy, water, waste, management and innovation in a single LCA model.

 

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Marketing & Selling Sustainability

Maximise the value of investing in sustainability by ensuring your marketing and sales is up to speed.

Marketers seeking to sell sustainability face the great values-action gap – the difference between what consumers say they want and what they go on to actually do.

LCD Engineer and Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonca explores the best sales and marketing strategies for selling sustainable buildings.

Topics covered in this video include generic introduction into marketing and sales of sustainable buildings with strategies and mechanisms for your team to capitalise on the true potential. We include generic eTool marketing reports and go explore a summary list of project specific sales and marketing messages and strategies.

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