Real Estate Portfolio Environmental Management

With the built environment responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions, decarbonising real estate assets must be a key priority for investors and corporate occupiers

The commercial real estate industry has accelerated its focus on responsibility and social purpose. Occupiers, investors and city leaders each have a role to play in meeting demand for greener, more sustainable spaces, and how it can no longer be seen as “just another expense”, instead essential to achieve better sustainability outcomes.

We have seen governments facing pressure to pledge ambitious net zero targets, but meeting these targets depends on more than government pledges, with businesses and investors having a vital role to play. Reports have shown that when businesses consider the environmental impact of their investments, they subsequently yield greater value in the future – both from a financial and environmental point of view. As a result, we are seeing more organisations making zero carbon commitments and restructuring their business model and operations to hit their reduction targets.

eTool Business Develoment Manager Maryia Perthen explains that “Clients in the real estate market have benefited from the extensive information that can be extracted from eToolLCD and used in Sustainability reports and Carbon Management Programs. Goodman Group is a great example and they have recently started using the software”.

In the real estate market in particular, the use of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) will enable investors to quantify, compare and improve the environmental performance of their assets, and more broadly, the use of LCA will assist in showing how real estate assets that have the highest level of sustainable performance, can drive higher rental incomes and increase client satisfaction. 

Portfolio Wide Reporting

Investors and corporate occupiers who are required to report their portfolio emissions, can utilise the robust LCA data available in eToolLCD via our reporting functionality. 

The reporting structure uses a Life-Cycle approach instead of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol standard (Scope 1, 2 and 3), and includes all assessment and reporting in relation to BS EN15978 life cycle stages (Product, Construction, Use, End of Life, Beyond project life cycle) to ensure the whole asset life cycle emissions are included in scope. . 

eToolLCD Portfolio Wide Reporting allows the client to calculate and report Whole Life emissions applied to major developments, refurbishments, deconstruction of an asset and in-use developments. Software users can utilise the organisation dashboard, where GHG emission and reduction from all projects can be quantified. Software users can create projects and collaborate with the internal design team and external specialists in one centralised portal in eToolLCD.

Utilise LCA across the value chain

The use of Life Cycle Analysis is not limited to new build projects only. By utilising the power of eToolLCD, investors can quantify the environmental impacts of any construction project or existing real estate portfolio. Examples include:

  • Modeling Existing Buildings for Adaptive-Reuse in eToolLCD
  • Foot Printing “As Built” or Existing Building
  • Retrofit or Refurbishment of Existing Building
  • New Building that Retains Parts of Existing Building

New Build and Refurbishment Projects

No matter the size of the project, eToolLCD can be utilised throughout all the relevant project stages, allowing the users to model effective component and building level LCA assessments at any project phase.

eToolLCD has benchmark models that can be used at concept stage when only typology and rough floor area is defined. As the design progresses, eToolLCD’s unique template system can be utilised to provide industry average specification and quantities of construction components (piling system, floor slab, structural elements, walls, finishes, services, etc) as well as operational energy and operational water figures. 

Our ever growing library contains 1000’s of templates applicable to all kinds of building and infrastructure projects being built across the globe. Users have the ability to customise construction components and also combine templates to create whole project benchmarks

Standing Assets

eToolLCD can fully support investor and corporate occupiers requirements with regards to Standing Assets, and will enable Facilities Managers to record actual in-use emissions on an annual basis. This will allow the client to better understand the carbon impacts of maintenance, repair and replacement cycles, and to improve this going forward.

eToolLCD can also be utilised to coordinate the expected replacement cycles of key elements (e.g. central plant) and ensure that purchasing can be done with the optimum carbon and financial efficiency on a portfolio wide basis.

Life Cycle Costing

LCA and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) Integration. It is unavoidable that where there is carbon, there is going to be a cost associated. However it is not always clear to the investor or client, that by reducing the environmental impacts, can also improve the bottom line. 

One of the most powerful parts of eToolLCD’s unique template structure is the inclusion of data on all people and equipment impacts as well as materials that make up a construction component. Templates include maintenance as well as replacement costs over the project life cycle, allowing users to conduct Life Cycle Costing integrated with environmental performance. More info on eToolLCD advanced features.

Supporting Green Rating Schemes and Regulatory Requirements

As LCA of the built environment rapidly propagates as a standard component of sustainable design, most rating schemes (buildings and infrastructure) around the world have begun to or/and have already integrated LCA into their credits and framework. eToolLCD meets the requirements of many international schemes and has been successfully utilised to improve the rating performance for many projects all over the world. 

LCA studies conducted for Rating System purpose (frequently with a limited scope covered) can be integrated with LCA studies conducted for Corporate Reporting or Regulatory purpose and ensure the alignment between different use and application of sustainability credentials and LCA results. One example is the increased use of eToolLCD to meet the London Plan – Whole Life Carbon Assessment requirements. eToolLCD is approved by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and is aligned with the RICS guidance to ensure consistency in the lifecycle carbon results. 

Greenbuild 2019 all eyes on embodied impacts

The conference and expo took place in Atlanta and kicked off with the 44th president of the United States Barack Obama in a casual conversation with USGBC President Mahesh Ramanujam and a large crowd at the Georgia World Congress Center. Obama highlighted the challenge we have in front of us to create a global capitalism that reduces inequality. He reinforced that social sustainability will empower people to solve environmental issues across the entire planet. He also shared experiences as a President when negotiating global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and the importance to consider the “per capita” basis. “I get that we have a culture that like “BIG”, but we have to rethink the size of our homes, our lifestyle and what really gives us satisfaction”.

The event this year was inspiring because of the increased momentum for Whole Building LCA and embodied carbon reduction. There were many educational sessions showcasing LCA studies, research publications and a whole industry movement around understanding relative impacts between different project areas and life cycle stages. Global campaigns like WGBC “Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront” and Architecture 2030 “New Buildings Embodied Carbon” were referenced in many presentations.

eTool reduce carbon eTool embodied carbon

eTool participated in an educational sessions named: “Don´t shine away from Whole Building LCA”, which the intent was to show the audience case studies and encourage higher uptake of the WBLCA credit. After the main presentation, there was a “Speed Dating” workshop for conference participants to meet with LCA tool providers, learn about their software and share some success stories.

It was motivating to see a collaboration from experts highlighting the importance of the LCA methodology to reduce carbon emissions in the built form, a topic that eTool work hard since 2009 to help transform the construction industry! The team at eTool produced online content on how to apply the methodology and achieve carbon reduction goals with our eToolLCD software:

Additional references for LCA applied to the construction industry can be found at:

 

eTool UK Team Updates

Leadership Changes

David Blain is joining eTool as a non-executive director in the UK.  David is a seasoned executive in the tech sector with significant experience developing and managing high-performance teams in sales, service and support. eTool is looking forward to drawing on David’s deep experience to refine business strategy and risk management.  

Pat Hermon has resigned as a UK Director and Business Development Manager.  Enquiries will be directed to: 

  • Adrian Giles (Business Development Enquiries) 
  • Richard Haynes (Technical Enquiries relating to Software and Services)

Business Development 

eTool employed a new dedicated Business Development professional for the UK office – Adrian Giles.  Adrian has a vast experience in the construction sector. He is already collaborating with clients and new prospect to continue expanding eTool´s presence in the UK and Europe. 

Services and eToolLCD Support Team

eTool are adding two members to the technical staff in the UK.  

We recently welcomed Leonardo Poli to the eTool UK Life Cycle Design Services team.  Leonardo is about to receive his MSc Engineering Project Management where he specialised in environmental assessment and became an experienced eToolLCD user.  His dissertation addressed the topic of reuse, recycling, circular economy and its application in the construction industry. Leonardo used LCA to inform the conclusions of the paper.  

Marios Tsikos joined the eTool UK Life Cycle Design Services team in January.  He holds an MSc Civil Engineering qualification and bring a strong engineering background with particular skills in LCA, BIM and building services engineering.

Other Changes

eTool have also recently increased the size of our software development team to help accelerate our roadmap.  We will likely be reaching out to all our users soon to help us prioritise the next big feature sets.  

Farewell and Thank You to Pat Hermon

eTool want to formally thank Pat for his contribution to eTool over the last 6 years.  Pat joined the eTool in 2012 at the Australian office delivering Life Cycle Design Services.  Some of the highlights of Pat’s time at eTool include 

  • Whilst in the services team Pat regularly topped the service team Greenhouse Gas Savings metric (uptake of recommendations by developers to improve the life cycle GHG performance of buildings) 
  • Co-authoring the first EN15978 compliant LCA in Australia
  • Starting the UK branch of eTool in 2016, supporting the business both commercially and technically
  • Authoring the first eTool LCA for BREEAM
  • Authoring the first eTool ISO15686 compliant LCC in the UK and developing cost datasets
  • Engaging and supporting key clients such as HS2, Aecom, Arup, Hilson Moran, JRA, ADW, Method and our expanding list of construction professionals

 Thank you for all your incredible work Pat!

Pat portrait

New UK Business Development Manager Opportunity

eToolLCD With Cogs (Rich)

UK Business Development Manager, £55k+

eTool operates in the unique space of sustainability via clever technology – join us to be a part of our exciting future. We offer the world leading life cycle design software for sustainable buildings and infrastructure. eTool provides a flexible working environment and the excitement of working with an ambitious early stage company in a space that is vital for tackling climate change.

eTool has expanded our market reach to become a truly global entity with offices in Australia, the U.K. and Americas. We also have an impressive tier one client base from which to build on.

At this pivotal point in the company’s journey we are striving to rapidly grow the software subscriber user base and increase our national and global profile. With bright opportunities in front of us right now, we are seeking to hire a driven Business Development Manager to help build on our existing sales trajectories and accelerate revenue for eTool. The responsibilities of this role will grow with the business, and given eTool’s growth trajectory this presents an excellent opportunity for a high performing employee to take their career to the next level.

Role responsibilities:

  • Understand and interpret eTool’s overall vision to generate and maintain the BD strategy
  • Prospecting – building on our client base to accelerate new lead and client generation.
  • Pitching – selling eToolLCD software and consultancy services to the construction sector
  • Communications and closing – following leads and ensuring effective delivery of eTool message throughout sale.
  • Monitoring existing eTool clients – refining our interaction and marketing towards them.
  • Ensuring that eTool clients are “quality” clients – managing expectations and continued engagement to ensure repeat business
  • Maintenance of the customer relations management system and sales reports
  • Assistance in improving sales processes, refining marketing materials and attending events

We’re on the lookout for people with a passion for the environment and who want to make a difference. This sales role requires initiative, autonomy, persistence and determination. A desire to make a big contribution to the low carbon future is important, that is how we measure our success. The maturity to know when, where and how to focus your efforts to foster both the short term and long term success of the business.

Our requirements:

  • Relevant degree and/or masters
  • Excellent sales skills and experience with proven track record
  • Minimum 3 years demonstrable experience in liaising with, engaging and presenting to senior business leaders (preferably within the construction industry)
  • Excellent communication skills particularly spoken and presentation
  • Ability to influence decision makers and drive positive outcomes for construction teams
  • An ability to efficiently conduct your work (punctuality, priority management, risk perception)
  • High ethical standards
  • You’re willing to participate in a flexible, vibrant workplace

Desirable experience:

  • Awareness of BREEAM, LEED and sustainability ratings schemes
  • Previous experience or working knowledge of construction and sustainability consultancy (and key challenges they face)

The support we’ll give you:

  • Performance based equity in eTool, own part of the business you’re helping create
  • Amazing mentors including of senior consultants on our team and the company founders
  • Training and regular meetings to set and manage work objectives and career goals
  • A flexible, results focussed work environment

The satisfaction you’ll get:

  • eToolLCD is currently helping designers see and avoid 100,000’s of tonnes of CO2e (and lots of other environmental impacts) in their building and infrastructure projects. We want to ramp this up to millions of tonnes of avoided CO2e
  • Experience, training and career progression opportunities hard to match in other roles
  • Invaluable experience in the discipline of Life Cycle Assessment which continues to grow in popularity and credibility as the number one method for improving environmental performance

Salary:

Negotiable depending on experience – the right candidate can expect a packaged salary of £55k+ including pension and commission.

Location:

Flexible (any major urban centre in the UK)

We recognise our employees as being our number one asset and want to share our success with you. Our workplace enables encourages creativity, passion and commitment. We are looking for like minded people to help us achieve our vision.

 

 

New Sustainability Consultant, Life Cycle Designer Opportunity

eToolLCD With Cogs (Rich)

eTool operates in the unique space of sustainability via clever technology – join us to be a part of our exciting future. We offer the world leading life cycle design software for sustainable buildings and infrastructure. eTool provides a flexible working environment and the excitement of working with an ambitious early stage company in a space that is vital for tackling climate change.

The built form is responsible for more than 30% of global carbon emissions. It is imperative that design tools and services are available that provide quantifiable environmental improvements that are economically viable – eTool does just this with eToolLCD software and our Life Cycle Design services.

The role will require:

  • Use eToolLCD software to undertake life cycle environmental and cost assessments of buildings and infrastructure to produce meaningful, quantifiable sustainability and cost comparisons between design options
  • Identify and model environmental performance improvement opportunities
  • Liaise with design teams to communicate and justify improvement opportunities, assist with design implementation when requested
  • Reporting results to relevant standards and frameworks
  • Support our eToolLCD Coaching team delivering an outstanding user experience to the eToolLCD community

We’re on the lookout for people with a passion for the environment and who want to make a difference. You don’t mind crunching numbers, are happy working autonomously and can confidently speak to groups to communicate your work. Research skills, initiative and lateral thinking ability will be highly regarded. Preferred at least 5 years professional experience and relevant graduate degree.

The support we’ll give you:

  • A salary in the range of £40k-£50k depending on the strength of your application
  • Performance based equity in eTool, own part of the business you’re helping create
  • Amazing mentors including of senior consultants on our team and the company founders
  • Training and extensive experience in the use of eToolLCD software and CAD packages to interpret designs, model life cycle impacts and generate LCA outputs
  • Detailed training and support improving the environmental performance of designs which is why eTool exists
  • A flexible, results focussed work environment

The satisfaction you’ll get:

  • eToolLCD is currently helping designers see and avoid 100,000’s of tonnes of CO2e (and lots of other environmental impacts) in their building and infrastructure projects. We want to ramp this up to millions of tonnes of avoided CO2e
  • Experience, training and career progression opportunities hard to match in other roles
  • Invaluable deep experience in the discipline of Life Cycle Assessment which continues to grow in popularity and credibility as the number one method for improving environmental performance

Our requirements:

  • You must be able to think laterally, problem solving is key.  You must bring an enquiring mind motivated to reduce the impacts of buildings on the planet
  • An ability to efficiently conduct your work (punctuality, priority management, risk perception)
  • Empathy for the planet and the customer when delivering work
  • High ethical standards
  • You’re willing to participate in a flexible, vibrant workplace

Salary:

Negotiable depending on experience – the right candidate can expect a packaged salary of up to £50k.

Location:

Flexible (any major urban centre in the UK)

We recognise our employees as being our number one asset and want to share our success with you. Our workplace enables encourages creativity, passion and commitment. We are looking for likeminded people to help us achieve our vision.

 

 

eTool Quality System ISO 9001 Certified

eTool has always taken quality seriously, from our earliest beginnings we actively sought feedback on our product and services and have embedded continuous improvement into our DNA.  Earlier this year we decided to formalise our Quality Management by employing Compass Assurance Services to certify our systems against ISO 9001:2015. eTool founder and Co-CEO reflects on the process:

“Solving problems is what eTool do. We apply that philosophy everyday, be it helping to solve a problem as big as climate change, or shaving microseconds off eToolLCD response times.  Being able to have our quality management system formally recognised is rewarding.  Compass Assurance Services were really thorough, they went pretty deep.  Although we had things pretty dialled there was certainly some really valuable learnings from the process, we’re an even better business for it.” 

Richard Haynes

The 9001 certification adds to the extensive efforts and achievements of eTool in technical assurance with third party input.  Read more about our assurance milestones here.

eTool’s certificate can be downloaded here and the certification is registered with JAS-ANZ.

New Software Developer Opportunity

eToolLCD With Cogs (Rich)

Our vision is a fun and fulfilling future in balance with the planet. Our business is committed to decarbonising the built form.  eToolLCD is our fast growing SaaS product. It optimises the environmental performance of buildings & infrastructure. You will be developing eToolLCD.

The challenges you will face:

  • Fast track to senior developer responsibilities (and beyond)
  • Fast and rich feature development in our web app which demands a beautiful interface, great user experience whilst processing some deep maths under the hood
  • Full stack development exposure – UX / UI design, front end, back end, DB admin, integrations and basic server management
  • We’re setting you up to lead our dev work, you will learn fast and help with key architectural decisions
  • We deliver in an agile manner. Things are fast moving, flexible, at risk of breaking and exiting

The support we’ll give you:

  • Some food on the table – salary starting at $60k-$80k but we’ll ramp this up in line with your responsibilities. Also performance based equity in eTool, own part of the business you’re helping create
  • Amazing mentors – you’ll get to pick the brains of our founders and we have a senior developers on our advisory team who periodically reviews our code and gives us invaluable feedback

The satisfaction you’ll get:

  • eToolLCD is currently helping designers see and avoid 100,000’s of tonnes of CO2e (and lots of other environmental impacts) in their building and infrastructure projects. We want to ramp this up to millions of tonnes of avoided CO2e
  • Product ownership: your fingerprints will be all over our product, you will be a big part in guiding its continued success. Big opportunity for pride in your work here.
  • Incredible, fast tracked experience and responsibility.

Our requirements:

  • You must be able to think laterally, problem solving is key
  • You’re user-centric in your approach to delivering software
  • You can prioritise and manage your time effectively
  • You have an enquiring mind
  • You’re willing to participate in a vibrant workplace
  • Our current stack is web app, ASP.NET frame work with MySQL Database running in the cloud. But we don’t particularly care what language you’re a current gun in, we know good developer transcend languages and frameworks.

About us:

eTool operates in the unique space of sustainability via clever technology – join us to be a part of this exciting future. We offer the world a leading life cycle design app for sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

eTool has achieved some particularly exciting milestones over the last 18 months expanding our market reach to become a truly global entity with offices in Australia, the U.K. and Americas.

At this pivotal point in the company’s journey we are striving to rapidly grow the software subscriber user base and increase our local and global profile. With bright opportunities in front of us right now, eTool provides a flexible working environment and the excitement of working with an ambitious early stage company in a growth field that is vital for tackling climate change.

Apply Here

 

 

Software Developer Opportunity

eToolLCD With Cogs (Rich)

Our vision is a fun and fulfilling future in balance with the planet. Our business is committed to decarbonising the built form.  eToolLCD is our SaaS product which is growing at 300% PA. It optimises the environmental performance of buildings & infrastructure. You will be developing eToolLCD.

The challenges you will face:

  • Fast track to senior developer responsibilities (and beyond)
  • Fast and rich feature development in our web app which demands a beautiful interface, great user experience whilst processing some deep maths under the hood
  • Full stack development exposure – UX / UI design, front end, back end, DB admin, integrations and basic server management
  • We’re setting you up to lead our dev work, you will learn fast and help with key architectural decisions
  • We deliver in an agile manner. Things are fast moving, flexible, at risk of breaking and exiting

The support we’ll give you:

  • Some food on the table – salary starting at $50k but we’ll ramp this up in line with your responsibilities. Also performance based equity in eTool, own part of the business you’re helping create
  • Amazing mentors – you’ll get to pick the brains of our founders and we have an amazing senior developer on our advisory team who periodically reviews our code and gives us invaluable feedback

The satisfaction you’ll get:

  • eToolLCD is currently helping designers see and avoid 100,000’s of tonnes of CO2e (and lots of other environmental impacts) in their building and infrastructure projects. We want to ramp this up to millions of tonnes of avoided CO2e
  • Product ownership: your fingerprints will be all over our product, you will be a big part in guiding its continued success. Big opportunity for pride in your work here.
  • Incredible, fast tracked experience and responsibility.

Our requirements:

  • You must be able to think laterally, problem solving is key
  • You’re user-centric in your approach to delivering software
  • You can prioritise and manage your time effectively
  • You have an enquiring mind
  • You’re willing to participate in a vibrant workplace
  • Our current stack is web app, ASP.NET frame work with MySQL Database running in the cloud. But we don’t particularly care what language you’re a current gun in, we know good developer transcend languages and frameworks.

About us:

eTool operates in the unique space of sustainability via clever technology – join us to be a part of this exciting future. We offer the world a leading life cycle design app for sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

eTool has achieved some particularly exciting milestones over the last 18 months expanding our market reach to become a truly global entity with offices in Australia, the U.K. and Americas.

At this pivotal point in the company’s journey we are striving to rapidly grow the software subscriber user base and increase our local and global profile. With bright opportunities in front of us right now, eTool provides a flexible working environment and the excitement of working with an ambitious early stage company in a growth field that is vital for tackling climate change.

Please apply at this link: etool.polldaddy.com/s/softwaredeveloper2017

 

 

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.

 

Featured User – James Leiper

James Leiper, Pritchard Francis

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 August 2016 is James Leiper from Pritchard Francis. James is a Project Engineer based in Perth who joined the eToolLCD community in May 2016 and recently completed his first full LCA study.

This month we chatted to James about LCD and asked the following questions:

  • What does sustainable building mean to you?

“I see sustainable building as that which accounts for the needs of the present, without compromising the needs of the future society. I like thinking of sustainable designs as those incorporating a really holistic approach to design, where innovation across the different disciplines can come together to create something amazing!”

  • What inspires you about life cycle design?

“I love that you can demonstrate the true benefits of using more sustainable products over their full life cycle. It helps prevent the “easy way out” approach of maybe using the cheapest up-front solution, as often the more sustainable option will be the smarter and more economical choice over time.”

  • What do you like about creating your own LCA models?

“I like being able to change elements in the models at my leisure to get the full picture and where we, as designers, can have the most impact! There’s also nothing quite like knowing how much you’re doing to contribute to sustainability in design on your own projects.”