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 June 2016 is Rebecca Dracup from Wood & Grieve Engineers. Rebecca is a sustainability engineer based in Perth who is passionate about creating a better built environment for current and future community members.
This month we chatted to Rebecca about LCD and asked the following questions:
- What does sustainable building mean to you?
“Sustainable building design is designing with consideration for the future occupants and the environment.”
- What inspires you about life cycle design?
“It feels a bit like looking at earth from space, life cycle design gives sustainability professionals an opportunity to take a step back and think about the entire project.”
- What do you like about creating your own LCA models?
“I enjoy seeing the impacts that different materials have on a model. For example, in a recent LCA I did on a warehouse I compared the use of natural and artificial refrigerants. The use of the natural refrigerants greatly reduced the ozone depletion impacts of the proposed building. We knew that natural refrigerants have lower ozone depletion potential than artificial refrigerants, however it was great to see the size of the impacts over the full life cycle of the building and the magnitude of these in relation to the rest of the building’s impacts.”