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.

For more information, please visit www.etoolglobal.com. You can also follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook for the latest eTool news.

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City of Vincent Paves the Way for Sustainable Building Policy

Local council City of Vincent, sets a new standard for sustainable buildings through their progressive planning policy.

From plastic bag bans in City of Fremantle to Moreland City Council’s Bicycle Strategy to support more sustainable travel, local councils around Australia are making pledges towards more sustainable outcomes. In the realm of sustainable building however, the City of Vincent in Perth, Australia has quickly become the quiet achiever through a progressive planning policy.

The results of their policy are impressive, with the developments within their precinct reaching far beyond BAU (business as usual) and achieving significant performance outcomes. eTool alone has worked with developers to reduce over 215,000 tonnes of CO2e over the life of the buildings, which represents:

  • 29,054 Australian households’ annual energy use1
  • 59,722 Australian cars off the road for a year2
  • 1,290,000 trees planted3

A total solar PV system of all of the projects eTool has worked on under the City of Vincent requirements equals over 700 kW, which is helping the Australian grid to become less carbon intensive and also minimising the load on the network during the peak hours.

“The City of Vincent has always placed sustainability at the top of our priorities and our planning policy has provided us with the opportunity to encourage sustainable developments that have a positive outcome for the environment and the community. We’re very pleased with the outcomes of this policy and we look forward to continuing to push the bar even higher for building performance,” said John Carey, City of Vincent Mayor.

The City of Vincent’s planning policy requires assessment methodologies to clearly quantify sustainability performance against comparable benchmark buildings (compliant with the National Construction Codes of Australia), to comply with applicable Australian/international standards and be subject to oversight by a certifying body. This allows developers to choose a method for compliance, giving developers the opportunity to incorporate new design elements into their developments moving forward.

“We need assessment regimes that are performance based, rather than compliance based. This way we will unleash the creativity of designers, consultants, architects and engineers to devise new ways to make our buildings more sustainable. We need tools that will help make sophisticated whole of life cycle performance evaluation,” said Alannah MacTiernan, City of Vincent Mayor from 2011 to 2013.

The City currently accepts Life Cycle Design (LCD) methodology as one of the paths for achieving sustainable performance improvements. Progressive developers such as Psaros have embraced LCD and incorporated life cycle assessment into their BAU practices and marketing strategies across their multi-residential developments in Perth’s inner suburbs.

“We conduct a full life cycle assessment for each of our developments and we find that it adds value not only to the design process but also to our market value. Buyers are always interested to learn about the quality of the properties and we are seeing more and more that people want to invest in property with a sustainable ethos,” said Danny Psaros, CEO of Psaros Property Group.

Other developers such as Finbar, Builton, Handle Property Group and ABN Group have also taken advantage of using LCD to produce intelligent and quality designs that will provide a positive legacy for the city residents.

Damien Giudici, Development Manager at ABN Group said, “The process of using LCD was very informative and highlighted the best options in terms of dollars spent versus carbon savings, which guided us through our decisions to improve building environmental performance in the most cost effective manner.”

The City of Vincent’s planning policy is not only testament to the council’s forward thinking, but is also a prime example of how a policy can provide opportunities for the community, developers and consultants to work together with the Council and implement solutions that create direct and tangible benefits to the environment, the community and local residents.

“The uptake of LCD into a council such as the City of Vincent, demonstrates how LCD can be used to successfully define sustainable buildings in a precinct in a meaningful way. We’re excited to continue to see more developers, business and councils adopt Life Cycle Design as the most sustainable and logical thing to do,” said Henrique Mendonça, eTool Regional Business Development Manager.

From its humble beginnings, LCD is now the best practice tool to accelerate the environmental performance of buildings and has been adopted by developers, designers, consultants and green building certification schemes around the world. As councils around Australia reassess and update their policies, it is expected that more councils will follow in the footsteps of the City of Vincent, which will give rise to more genuinely sustainable and high performing buildings.

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1 Residential benchmark – 7.4t/household/year.

2 Petrol, 10L/100km, 15000km annually

6 trees per tonne of CO2 saved, ref Carbon Neutral

 

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Media contact:

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

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 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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LCAs For Buildings Now a No-Brainer

Leading LCA Software eToolLCD further brings LCA into the mainstream by offering innovative software subscriptions for easy access

eToolLCD, a global leader in life cycle design and assessment of the built form, is further bringing Life Cycle Assessment into the mainstream by offering a new range of subscription packages designed to further increase accessibility of eToolLCD, making it the most powerful, cost-effective and easy-to-use built form LCA software in the world.

Over the last two decades Life Cycle Design (LCD) and Assessment has evolved significantly and demand for LCD continues to grow exponentially. Life Cycle Design is now the premier decision-making tool for improving environmental performance and has been incorporated into green building rating schemes all over the world[1].

The LCA industry has met this demand with the introduction and alignment of international standards (ISO 14040, ISO 14044, EN 15978), improved background data sources and better software. Once strictly the domain of expert researchers and consultants, front line professionals now have the ability to harness the power of LCA to dramatically inform and improve their projects with modern streamlined tools. In particular, the building profession can now harness the renowned strengths of LCA through an intuitive and easy to access platform – eToolLCD.

Originating in Perth, Western Australia, eTool has now opened up offices in Canberra, Australia and Brighton, United Kingdom as the demand for life cycle assessment and design of the built form continues to soar. eTool has conducted the most built form LCAs in Australia and is quickly establishing themselves as built form LCA leaders around the world.

“We have seen LCD become a standard part of good design all around the world and we felt that making eToolLCD even more accessible was the next move. Everything we do with eToolLCD is designed to make it easy for anyone, located anyone in the world, to login to eToolLCD and be guided through a life cycle design approach to higher performing buildings and infrastructure. eToolLCD is the first built form LCA software in the world to adopt this open-use model, and this will always be a crucial element of our business because our goal and passion is to reduce global carbon emissions from buildings. We believe that educating people about LCD/LCA and putting an LCA software into the hands of as many people as possible will help us achieve that goal,” said Henrique Mendonça, eTool Regional Business Development Manager.

The new subscriptions can now be tailored to meet users unique requirements and they experience a range of additional functionalities associated with each of the subscriptions. Some of the benefits associated include reduced certification costs and accessibility to comprehensive built form LCA training.

“As LCD continues to take the sustainable building industry by storm, the availability of accessible and affordable tools such as eToolLCD is a crucial element to ensuring the highest performance outcome of projects around the world. We’re ecstatic to be at the forefront of the next evolution of sustainable design,” said Alex Bruce, eTool Co-Founder and Business Development Director.

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[1] Countries who have adopted LCA into green building standards: Australia, Germany, UK, France, USA, Netherlands, Switzerland & Japan.

 

Media contact:

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

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 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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2014 Was Our Most Excellent Year Yet – Thank You!

We’ve come a long way over the last four years, and the last twelve months have been particularly exciting. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful clients, partners, affiliates, supporters, friends and family – thank you!  We’d like to share with you some of our achievements over the last year and the exciting things we have planned for 2015.

Firstly and most importantly, we are ecstatic to announce that since the beginning of eTool, we have helped designers avoid over:

450,000 tonnes of CO2e!

That’s equivalent to planting 2,713,863 trees or taking 125,642 cars off the road! Our number one metric at eTool is reducing CO2 emissions, so we’re thrilled to see the number of CO2e saved increasing each and every month. 

As we continue to make eToolLCD the best of the best, we celebrate:

A few project & client achievements

    12     Green Star jobs completed and submitted with one achieving a 6-star rating and multiple achieving 5-star

     42     new clients such as Brookfield Multiplex, Mirvac, Lendlease & Broad, to name a few.

     9      HIA GreenSmart 2014 awards won by eTool clients

We’d like to especially congratulate long-standing eTool client Psaros, for their outstanding leadership in sustainability and their achievement of winning a 2014 Banksia Sustainability Award!

A few other (slightly quirky) eTool achievements by the numbers

      0     kilometers driven by cars to work by eTool employees (we opt for bicycles instead)

       1      CO2e saving plan developed to pump poo from Perth to farms (CSI talk TBC…)
       1      fantastic ‘Life Cycle Design Explained‘ video
    102    trees planted at the Bruce family farm by the team
     120    pages printed (hopefully after convincing more clients, 2015 will be 0!)

    171     attendees to eTool “saving the world” events (i.e. CSI talks & Great Debate)

     185    hours spent at the lunch table philosophising about how to save the world


2015: It’ll Be a Big One.

We’ve got some exciting things planned for the new year and we’re jumping out of our seats in anticipation. Here are just a few of our ambitions for the new year:

eToolLCD compliance with UK’s BREEAM IMPACT & DGNB (German Green Building Council) 
Watch this spacethis is huge. Delivering additional functionality that allows compliance with international green building rating systems is part of our continuing strategy of making eToolLCD the best and most globally accessible whole-building LCA software around.

Reaching the far corners of the world with LEED 
US-based LEED is used not only by the United States, but also in many other countries such as Brazil, Canada and India, just to name a few. Working on more LEED projects and showing consultants the power of eToolLCD means more carbon saved in even more parts of the world, something we always strive for.A zero-waste office
We want to make sure we walk the talk in the office in all areas, so starting 2015, the eTool office will become zero-waste. All employees will be responsible for disposing of their own waste with the intention of encouraging more mindful thought processes around product packaging and food waste. Wish us luck!


From all of us at eTool, we’d like to thank you for being a part of our journey. Stay tuned as more exciting things unfold in the coming months…Here’s to 2015!– Richard, Alex, Fei, Portia, Pat & Henrique
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eToolLCD now EPD friendly

Product manufacturers can now upload their Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) into leading Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software, eToolLCD

Globally leading Life Cycle Design (LCD) software eToolLCD, has raised the bar in functionality by enabling users to enter their own Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in their database. This enables manufacturers with public EPDs to have their products listed in the software, allowing users and designers to incorporate them within their projects.

The incorporation of EPDs into the software aligns with global trends as building product manufacturers around the world embrace EPDs as a way to provide genuine and comparable evidence of their sustainability credentials. Manufacturers of any size can complete an EPD of their products, leveling the playing field for manufacturers by allowing comparisons of the environmental performance of products using a globally recognised standard.

“What is really exciting about this recent development in the software is that not only will it improve experience for the design team and improve building performance, but it also provides positive feedback to the manufacturers. Now material manufacturers can obtain an EPD, put themselves on the global stage in front of thousands of eToolLCD users, and most importantly, push other manufactures to lift their game,” said Alex Bruce, eTool Business Development Manager.

Most whole-building life cycle assessments rely predominantly on generic life cycle inventories of common construction materials. The inclusion of EPDs within eToolLCD allows design teams to ensure they are supporting manufacturers with quantifiably better products for their specific project criteria.

The framework chosen to allow EPDs to be uploaded into the database supports the use of the global standard EN15804 compliant EPDs, however other formats can be used if necessary.

“We have watched with excitement how the EPD standards and programs are aligning with construction products. Shifting the focus from material groups to particular manufacturers has the potential to really raise the bar and reward good manufacturers,” said Richard Haynes, eTool Group Leader of Operations & Development.

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Media contact:

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

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 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.

 

Learn more about how to upload EPDs into eToolLCD here or get in touch to discuss options.

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Psaros WINS a 2014 Banksia Sustainability Award!

Leading WA developer and long-standing client of eTool, Psaros was the recent recipient of the SMB Sustainability Leadership 2014 Banksia Sustainability Award.

A testament to their innovation and commitment to sustainability, Psaros uses eTool to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA)  for each of their multi-residential developments, with one of their more recent developments Edge, winning an International Property Award in a 2014 Asia Pacific regional competition.

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Edge by Psaros

It’s an honour to be a part of the Psaros sustainability journey and we look forward to what lies ahead. Congratulations Psaros for Leading by Doing.

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Chiara Pacifici, Head of Sustainability, accepting the award on Psaros’ behalf.

 

More Psaros developments:

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Psaros Announced as Finalist in Australia’s Prestigious Sustainability Awards

A long standing client of eTool has recently been announced as a finalist for the Banksia Sustainability Awards.

Psaros has been leading the way in sustainable multi-residential buildings in Australia through conducting eTool Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for each of their developments, with one of their more recent developments Edge, winning an International Property Award in the 2014 Asia Pacific regional competition.

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Edge by Psaros

Recently, Psaros and the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) formed a partnership to help encourage sustainable apartment developments in Perth City. They have commissioned market research to help understand community attitudes towards sustainable apartment-style living the future of Perth city.

Read the Psaros press release here.

We’d like to say a a big ‘congratulations!’ to Psaros from all of us here at eTool. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the Psaros Banskia Award!

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We’re Going Global

Miss our September Newsletter? …We have some exciting news! 

eTool is growing some wings and heading off on a global journey…

From the very beginning, Richard and Alex created eTool and the eToolLCD software to achieve one mission – to create a global solution for a global challenge: global warming. After many years of hard work, struggle, briefly being the “LCA nerds”, and a great deal of patience, we now watch with excitement as the world embraces Life Cycle Assessment as a standard component of good building design.

To reflect our desire to improve the built form around the world, we’ve breathed new life into our website, created a succinct “Life Cycle Design Explained video“, and changed our domain name to www.etoolglobal.com. Let it be noted: the latter was not an easy decision. The word ‘global’ had a certain “evil global domination” feel, much to the disdain of the team. However after many discussions, global seemed to be best word to signify our ultimate goal – so we are taking the world global back and giving it a new and positive reputation.

To date, eTool has conducted over 200 LCAs of all sorts of building projects with over 1,500 registered eToolLCD users across 61 different countries.

So while our global journey has already begun, we really look forward to continuing to work with you all in achieving global domination… domination of genuinely sustainable buildings that is!

 

-The eTool Team
Richard, Alex, Fei, Patrick, Portia & Henrique

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eTool Brings Whole of Building LCA to Brazil

Adding to the mix of a great and festive culture, strong and growing economy, and abundance in natural resources, Brazil will now have access to eTool services and eTool LCD software to conduct whole of building Life Cycle Analysis. This exciting announcement is part of eTool’s global collaboration in building design and is an opportunity to provide Life Cycle Analysis services to a nation that is not only in continuous and fast development, but can also act as a showcase to the world for sustainable development.

“LCA is a fundamental concept in designing for sustainability and I’m excited to help eTool develop new projects in Brazil. When I came to live in Australia, one of my main goals was to take something back that would enhance the quality of life for people and also guarantee development in balance with nature, and that’s exactly what eTool is about”, said Henrique Mendonça. Henrique has worked for over 2 year as a Life Cycle Engineer at eTool and is now the Business Development Facilitator for Brazil.

Brazil is the 7th largest economy with over 200 million people. Rapid economic development has pushed millions of people from a low socioeconomic status ,up to middle class, which has increased the demand for basic infrastructure such as electricity and transportation as well as the services desired for this higher income population. Brazil’s infrastructure by necessity is going through some major overhauls such as ports, airports, roads, railways and energy systems. Worldwide demand for natural resources and food push Brazil’s national contribution to global warming in an upward trend due to fossil fuel emissions as well as deforestation and land degradation.

Strained resources and the rising demand for development provide opportunities for product manufacturers, designers, consultants, builders and developers to embrace the concept of LCA as part of intelligent building design. Certification standards on building environmental performance such as LEED, AQUA, PROCEL EDIFICA, and others, all include LCA as part of the design process, which is further indicative of the global trend towards LCA as a standard methodology for good building design. Research and development is also moving forward with academic partnerships in Brazil working on developing local life cycle inventories, and looking at the design and use of supporting tools.

“I believe education is a major goal for the LCA industry in Brazil at the moment. In order to support that, eTool is creating local case studies and producing relevant content, providing technical support to designers though webinars and creating local partnerships to spread the concept of life cycle design. There is a lot of expertise in LCA developed by eTool in Australia that will be applicable to Brazil, as international standards that eTool comply with (ISO 14040 and EN 15978) are guiding the future of LCA worldwide”, says Henrique, after meeting with industry professionals during his visit in Brazil early this year.

‘Think global and act local’ is a well-known statement in our society, and eTool is proud to be on the journey towards not just thinking globally, but acting globally. Stay tuned as we continue to bring you news from the tropical lands of Brazil and our other global collaborations.

 

Expo GBC 2014Henrique with his parents at the GBCB Green Building Conference in Brazil.