Te Kura Whare
A life cycle assessment has been conducted on the Te Kura Whare to quantify the embodied carbon in the building and external works through
its whole life cycle. Operational energy and water use is excluded. The total impact is made up of many life cycle stages, such as the Materials and Construction stage and others.
The carbon footprint was conducted according to the Living Building Challenge requirements to inform the project team the amount of carbon emissions to be offset.
A significant result is that the impact of refurbishment is 60% of the total. This is due mainly to the assumption that the Solar PV system will be replaced every 25 years for the assumed 100 life of the building. A scenario is presented in which the Solar PV has an extended service life.
Where the impact of the solar PV system is the highest embodied impact in the building, it shows that the design has reduced all other impacts effectively and that the building is achieving an excellent result compared to business as usual.
While the construction is complete and the building has been occupied for over a year, there remain opportunities to reduce the carbon impact of repairs, maintenance and refurbishment
of the building.
- Client: Tuhoe (Jasmax)
- Location: Tūhoe, Tāneatua, New Zealand
- Date: August 2016
This assessment was conducted by Tom Beckerling and certified by Henrique Mendonca from eTool.