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Who recognises LCA?

Life Cycle Assessment is recognised internationally in standards, rating tools and even legislation.

Standards

Life Cycle Assessment is recognised by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) through standards 14040 and 14044 which deal directly with LCA.  LCA is also heavily referenced or relied upon in many other ISO standards covering environmental assessment of products, services, buildings and civil structures.  Essentially, when it comes to assessing environmental performance, ISO standards prefer the use of LCA.

The European Centre for Standardisation (CEN) also heavily rely on LCA for assessing the environmental performance of buildings and building products (standards EN15978 and EN15804 respectively).  These standards are quickly becoming recognised internationally.

Of course this all makes sense, when you do stand back and think carefully about how to guarantee that a design decision you’re making truly leads to a net improvement in performance, you need to understand the life cycle impacts associated with that decision.  It’s really the only way to be sure a design choice isn’t leading to poor trade off’s.  The technical committees that were tasked with standardising “Assessment of the Environmental Performance of Buildings” had many existing systems and approaches to choose from around the world.  LCA emerged as the best option available.

Building Rating Systems

The uptake of whole building life cycle assessment has been accelerating in recent times as it becomes  more practical to implement. Even existing rating systems are quickly embracing and integrating it into their systems.  These systems include:

  • US Green Building Council: LEED
  • BRE (UK): BREEAM
  • Living Future Institute (US): Living Building Challenge
  • BioRegional (UK): One Planet Living
  • Green Building Initiative: Green Globes
  • German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB): DGNB System
  • Green Building Council of Australia: Green Star

LCA is utilised differently by these different systems.  In the case of the DGNB it’s a very significant part of the total scoring system, where as other systems are only just starting to introduce LCA.  Whole of building LCA has only become practical reasonably recently, and it’s uptake is accelerating, both in the number of systems that are incorporating it, and also the weighting.

Legislation

Governments are beginning to recognise that the way we are running our economy is unsustainable, particularly with the issue of climate change. The world needs to reduce GHG emissions per capita by approximately 80%, and developed countries by 95% to achieve sustainable levels of greenhouse gas emissions. In the construction sector, although no regulations have yet specified LCA of whole buildings, this avenue is being seriously considered. Washington State Senate commissioned a study to explore the potential of integrating life cycle assessment methods, data and/or standards into the state building code. Findings supported implementation but not immediately as the industry needs time to develop LCA skills and data. External to building regulations a number of product labelling programs have also unfolded to introduce transparency regarding embodied carbon of products.  These programs rely on LCA to determine a product’s carbon footprint.  The following programs are all using LCA to quantify and compare environmental impacts of consumer products.

  • France introduced a national pilot program of LCA based environmental labelling under the Grenelle 2 Act.
  • South Korea initiated a carbon labelling program for consumer goods and services. The system is voluntary but instigated by “The Fundamental Law for Low Carbon Green Growth, 2010”. 600 goods and services currently certified and labelled.
  • Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry started a pilot labelling program in 2008. Over 300 retailers and manufacturers are involved across 53 product categories.
  • Thailand have introduced a pilot CO2 labelling program through the GHG Management Organisation. Launched in 2010, 458 products from 100 companies are carrying the label.

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How much CO2 is the built environment responsible for?

A number of sources are now confirming the huge impact of buildings on the environment.
When both embodied and operational emissions are accounted for, most estimates seem to fall between 30 and 40%, although some studies indicate it is even higher.

“Worldwide, 30-40% of all primary energy is used in buildings.” United Nations Environmental Program, 2007

“The commercial and residential building sector accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States.” United States Green Building Council, 2009

“According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), nearly half (46.7%) of all CO2 emissions in 2009 came from the Building Sector.” Architecture 2030, 2011

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What is Life Cycle Assessment or “LCA”?

LCA is an accounting method that assesses each and every impact associated with all stages of a product or process over its life span. The approach is sometimes referred to as a “Cradle to Cradle” assessment if it accounts for full recycling at the end of the products design life or just “Cradle to Grave” if it takes the product through to disposal only.

For more details please download our paper on the science of LCA in the built form here.

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How does LCA relate to the built environment in regards to energy and carbon?

LCA of the built form involves quantifying the total “Embodied Energy” and the “Operational Energy” over the entire design life of the building (click here to see LCA graphic). Energy can then be converted in CO2e using applicable coefficients relevant to the primary energy source and efficiency.

For more details please download our paper on the science of LCA in the built form here.

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What does “Embodied Energy” mean in reference to the built environment?

Embodied Energy refers to the energy and/or carbon required to construct and maintain a building over its entire design life (click here to see LCA graphic).
Embodied Energy can be broken down into the following components:

  • Materials – Energy used to extract the raw materials and process them into useable building products available at the gate of the factory (“Cradle to Gate”).
  • Transport – Energy used to transport the building materials from the factory gate to the building site.
  • Assembly – Energy used to construct and create the building.
  • Recurring – Energy used to maintain and replace certain building elements over the entire life span of the building.
  • Demolition and Recycling – Energy used to demolish and recycle the building and feed the resultant materials back into the building materials “food chain”.

For more details please download our paper on the science of LCA in the built form here.

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What does “Operational Energy” mean in reference to the built environment?

The “Operational Energy” is the amount of energy required to run the building over its design life and includes appliances such as Air-Conditioners, Hot Water systems, Refridgeration and Lighting.

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How much “Embodied Energy” is there in an “average” building?

As there are limited numbers of LCA’s of buildings completed in Australia, the sample group is too small to quote what an “average” might be. However after conducting numerous LCA’s on “benchmark” or “standard” Australian residential designs we have found that “Embodied Energy” is responsible for approximately 35% of the a buildings carbon footprint.

As we rapidly populate our database of designs globally we will be better positioned to provide more accurate statistics on “average” values. To put this in perspective, in Australia air conditioning is responsible for approximately 23% of the buildings total carbon footrpint over its design life. With “Embodied Energy” at 35% we feel that it is imperative that the use of eTool and LCA compliment the legislated design requirements for the thermal performance of buildings in Australia.

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How can LCA compare different types of buildings?

eTool have “Benchmark” buildings for different primary building uses.  Benchmarks are a weighted average calculation of embodied and operational carbon for the new buildings of that primary purpose.  For example, our residential benchmark reflects the new residential dwelling mix in Australia.  That is, we’ve looked at the national Australian Bureau of Statistics data for new dwellings, determined the mix of low, medium and high density buildings, established a weighted average size of dwelling and then determined the embodied carbon of that size of dwelling.  We have then profiled average energy consumption for new homes, adjusted for the climate region (which affects the thermal performance component).  We have ensured that all energy consumption stats are calculated on building code compliant structural, design and energy efficiency measures.  This gives us a measuring stick against which all new residential premises can be compared, our “Benchmark”.  Ideally we want to reduce the impact in comparison to this “average” for new dwellings.

The obvious question regarding the above approach is that we’re not comparing like for like. For example, how can we compare a detached house to a multistory residential apartment block?.  By using a functional unit of “impacts / occupant / year” we are normalising results to allow comparisons despite wildly varying building sizes, styles, densities etc.  Without the functional unit the eTool benchmark buildings would be useless to compare against.  The power of the functional unit is that it enables all buildings to be compared, thereby the advantages (or otherwise) of totally different housing approaches can be assessed against the “business as usual” approach.

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LCA v LCCA

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is covered by ISO 14040 and 14044; it is a method of assessing the environmental impacts of a product or service. LCCA (Life Cycle Cost Assessment) is covered by ISO 15686 – 5 and gives guidelines for performing life cycle cost analysis of buildings and constructed assets.
eToolLCD has been developed to meet LCA standards, and although is a very useful tool for life cycle cost assessments, the standard reports generated by eToolLCD don’t necessarily meet ISO 15686 – 5 (LCCA).  Neither of these standards are particularly well known and we have been providing both services to clients in the past to their satisfaction.

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Do you account for building design life?

Absolutely, design life is a critical component of good LCA performance.  The studies suggest that for buildings, the actual service life is dictated by redevelopment pressure, not durability.  If it’s a detached residential building in a high density area it is likely to be subject to very high redevelopment pressure in the not to distant future.  If however a building is very high density, or in a very low density area it’s not going to be under nearly the same pressure for redevelopment.  Further to this, by applying good future proofing design principles and superior design quality, design life may also be extended.  In determining the environmental impacts of a building design life and functionality can be the biggest determinants.

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How is the benchmark building created? Who manages this, and how do you stop people from manipulating the benchmark buildings?

eTool model the benchmark buildings based on a weighted average building density, size and functionality of new stock for the type of building undergoing the LCA.  In essence, the benchmark is a nominal statistical average of buildings that provide the same function.  For example, for residential buildings, we look at the weighted mix of existing housing stock, the size and occupancy.  From there we make adjustments to ensure modern day code compliance.  The benchmarks have to be specific for each region to account for building codes and climate variables  For example, there are major differences between a code compliant building in the US verse Australia.  Our current published benchmarks are all Australian buildings at present but we’re extending the library internationally as we speak.  eTool create and manage all the benchmarks, it’s not a user defined thing and therefore all LCAs conducted in eTool are comparable for a particular building type in a particular region.

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Which materials should we shift away from and what should we stick with to get a better LCA result?

It’s really dependant on the building.  Sometimes it actually makes sense to use high embodied impact materials because they provide durability, but this is only justified in buildings that are likely to still be standing in 100 years or more.  It also depends on the interaction between thermal performance and the materials.  There’s often a few iterations involved to perfect the mix.  General rules of thumb though would be, for buildings with a short expected life span, light frame construction is preferable, for buildings with a long life span, the focus often has to be on reducing recurring impacts from maintenance activities (paint, carpets, plasterboard etc).  Natural finishes are a good way of combatting this.

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How Does eTool Define Building Areas?

The following table shoes how eTool will be soon defining areas within the software (if not already!):

Australian Construction Handbook Definitions (Rawlinsons)Simplified eTool NotesUK Equivalent
TermAbbreviationDescription
Gross Floor Area GLAThe sum of the Fully Enclosed Covered Area and Unenclosed Covered Area as defined.No ChangeGross External Area
Fully Enclosed Covered AreaFECAThe sum of all such areas at all building floor levels, including basements (except unexcavated portions), floored roof spaces and attics, garages, penthouses, enclosed porches and attached enclosed covered ways alongside buildings, computed by measuring from the normal inside face of exterior walls but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers, and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers, and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls.  It shall not include open courts, light wells, connecting or isolated covered ways and net open areas of upper portions of rooms, lobbies, halls, interstitial spaces and the like, which extend through the storey being computed.As for Rawlinsons but projectiosn are generally included in the measurement and measurement may be from the outside, centre or inside of external walls depending on the models and plans used to develop the inventoryGross Internal Area
Unenclosed Covered AreaUCAThe sum of all such area at all building floor levels, including roofed balconies, open verandahs, porches, porticos, attached open covered ways alongside buildings, undercrofts and useable space under buildings, unenclosed access galleries (including ground floor) and any other trafficable covered areas of the building which are not totally enclosed by full height walls, computed my measuring the area between the enclosing walls or balustrade (i.e. from the inside face of the UCA. excluding the wall or balustrade thickness).  When measurements shall be taken to the edge of the paving or to the edge of the cover, whichever is the lesser.  UCA shall not include eves, overhangs, sun shading, awnings and the like where these do not relate to clearly defined trafficable covered areas, nor shall if include connecting or isolated covered ways.As for Rawlinsons but area of balustrades is generally included and measurement may be from the outside, centre or inside of external walls depending on the models and plans used to develop the inventory
Building AreaBAThe total enclosed and unenclosed area of the building at all building floor levels measured between the normal outside face of any enclosing walls, balustrades and supports.No Change
Usable Floor AreaUFAThe sum of the floor areas measured at floor level from the general inside face of walls and all interior spaces related to the primary function of the building.  This will normally be computed by calculating the Fully Enclosed Covered Floor Area (FECA) and deducting all the following areas supplementary to the primary building function:
– Common Use Areas: All floored areas in the building for the circulation and standard facilities provided for the common use of occupiers, tenants and / or the public such as lobbies and foyers to entrances, lifts, landings, and fire escapes, verandahs and balconies, corridors and passages, toilet and rest room areas, cloak and locker areas, cleaners rooms including stores and cupboards, tea making and similar amenities.
– Service Areas: All areas set aside for the building plant supplying services and facilities common to the building for the use of occupants, tenants, and / or the public such as mechanical plant and equipment rooms, electrical equipment and switch rooms, tank rooms, lift motor rooms, meter cupboards, telecommunication switch rooms, refuse collection areas, loading bays and all car parks including access ways thereto.
– Non Habitable Areas: All non-habitable building space such as that occupied by internal columns and other structural supports, internal walls and permanent partitions, lift shafts, service ducts and the like.
As for Rawlinsons but will generally include non habital areas.Net Internal Area
Treated AreaTAThe sum of all areas at all building levels to which a particular engineering services is provided.  The area is computed by measuring from the normal inside f ace of exterior walls, but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers, and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls, to the center line of internal walls, as applicable, which enclose the area treated.   NOTE:  Treated area may need to be calculated separately for each engineering service.  The treated area to such services as space heating, ventilation, evaporative cooling and air-conditioning should include all areas to which the treated air is supplied.  The treated areas for fire protection comprises the sum of protected floor space, the area of protected ceiling spaces and the area of protected under floor spaces.As for Rawlinsons, generally only appried to “Conditioned Area”
Net Lettable Area, Office BuildingsNLAThe sum of all lettable areas within a commercial type office building, measured from the internal finished surfaces of permanent walls and from the internal finished surfaces of dominant portions of the permanent outer building walls, and including the area occupied by structural columns, and engaged perimeter columns, all in accordance with the Method for the Measurement for Lettable Area issued by the Property Council of Australia.  Deductions from NLA:
– All stairs, toilets, cleaners cupboards, lift shafts, escalators, and tea rooms where provided as standard facilities in the building.
– Lobbies between lifts facing other lifts serving the same floor
– Areas set aside as public space or thoroughfares and not used exclusively by occupiers of the building (NOTE: Excludes any additional common areas resulting from subdivision of a whole floor to accommodate more than one tenant)
– Areas set aside as plant and lift motor rooms of for the provision of facilities or services to the building and not for the exclusive use of an occupier or occupiers of the building
– Areas set aside for use by service vehicles and for delivery of goods and access ways thereto
– Areas set aside for car parking and access thereto
– Areas where clear height is less than 1.5m
As for Rawlinsons but will generally include non habital areas.

 

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Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star Webinar

 

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building whilst contributing greatly to the achievement of a Green Star rating,  and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar is open to everyone and will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it is applied in Green Star rating tools.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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eToolLCD Training

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

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eToolLCD Training

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

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[UK] Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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An Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment for Infrastructure

After completing the LCAs for Brookfield Multiplex on the New Perth Stadium, for LendLease on the Waterbank – Infrastructure and Public Domain Area, and currently working on the NorthLink WA Southern Section with John Holland, eTool is excited to invite you to this one off event where we will demonstrate using these real life examples how LCA can be used for Infrastructure.

Join us for this one hour webinar where we will share with you why Life Cycle Design adds value to an infrastructure design process and how it can be done using eToolLCD software.

We’ll also provide an overview of potential IS credits (Infrastructure Sustainability) using Life Cycle Assessment and have a live Q & A session for participants.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Henrique Mendonca, eTool Business Development Manager

 

 

 

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eToolLCD Advanced Training

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages here >>
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

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{Australia} Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star [Webinar]

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar/presentation will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it applies to Green Star. If you’d like a more advanced, in-depth presentation complete with case studies of clients who have sucessfully utilised the credit, check out our “LCA in Green Star” Webinar.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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{Australia} Webinar: How to Utilise LCA in Green Star

An advanced session. With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with.

This session will provide you with an inside look into case studies of projects that have successfully utilised the Life Cycle Impacts credit under the Green Star Design & As Built and Green Star Interiors tool.

eTool Life Cycle Design Engineer Henrique Mendonca, will take attendees through some projects we have worked with, and walk you through an EN 15978 compliant report

This one and a half hour presentation and interactive Q&A is eligible for 2 GBCA CPD points. Feel free to bring a potential project or case study along to get upfront expert advice.

The webinar outline will be structured as follows:

  • Intro to LCA & eToolLCD
  • Case Studies
  • EN 15978 Reporting
  • Questions

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: $70AUD
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Henrique Mendonça, eTool Western Australia Business Development Manager

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This one and a half hour presentation is eligible for 2 GBCA CPD points.

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[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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eToolLCD Training – Australia

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Webinar format
Time:  1:00pm-5:00pm AEDT (Sydney and Melbourne-time) both days
            10:00am-2:00pm AWST (Perth) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

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*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

eToolLCD Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

In this one time only event, eTool Team Leader of LCA Services, Tom Beckerling will demonstrate in detail some of the features of eToolLCD and answer any specific questions you may have. Tom will go over software functionality such as building customised templates, bulk swap, record recommendation, reporting and others.

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

eToolLCD subscribers please fill out a quick survey and ask any specific questions you would like answered using this Polldaddy link.

Come down on Thursday afternoon for an informal session, have a locally brewed beer with us or get connected online for this one-time only event.

Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm AWST (Perth-time)
Location: In-Person at the eTool Office, Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Cost: Free
Presenter: Tom Beckerling

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Tom Beckerling is a sustainability consultant in Perth, Australia. His education background is a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Western Australia. Tom has extensive professional experience as an ESD Consultant.

 

 

eToolLCD Detailed Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

If you have attended one of our introductory LCA sessions in the past, you might find this follow-up session of interest. Pat Hermon will be demonstrating how to run an LCA in eTool from scratch and answer any specific questions you may have around LCA modelling. Pat will run through an example actual project from information gathering, model set-up and templates to certification and reporting (including for Breeam).

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by emailing patrick.hermon@etoolglobal.com

Time: 12pm – 1pm (GMT)
Location: Online or in-person at the eTool Office, Brighton
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon

Pat is an sustainabilityengineer who specialises in energy efficient construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to his years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth. Pat has completed over 30 LCAs from single dwellings to large infrastructure projects.

 

 

Does an eToolLCD “Certification” count as a peer review?

Yes. It is an interactive process to ensure your model and project not only meets required standards but also gains the most value out of engaging with Life Cycle Assessment.

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eToolLCD Advanced Training – UK

We offer three types of LCA training courses to best suit your needs and desired level of knowledge.

  1. eToolLCD Introductory (2 hours) (Subscription: Freelancer, Consultant or Specialist)
  2. eToolLCD Advanced (2 half days)  (Subscription: Consultant or Specialist)
  3. eToolLCD Specialist (3 half days) (Subscription Requirement: Specialist Only)
Course Overview
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
Your certified models can be used to award 2 BREEAM Innovation credits in LCA.  Ouputs from the models can also be used within our spreadsheet template to award the 3 Life Cycle Costing (Man 05) credits.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription.
Learn about subscription packages and sign up here >>
Prerequisites: 
None
Location: 
Brighton, England & Webinar format

Address: eTool Office Brighton

Brighton Junction, 1a Isetta Square

Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GQ

Day 1:  9am-2pm, Day 2: 9am-12pm
Your trainer: 
Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability consultant who specialises in energy efficiency, sustainable construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to over 6 years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth.Pat is dedicated to sustainability and traces his green roots back to growing up beside a loch in rural Scotland. After spending a few years in Perth, Australia soaking up the sunshine and windsurfing on the coast, he moved back to the UK and now runs the eTool UK office.

LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

 

eToolLCD Training

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, you will receive a promotional code to register for free training.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please contact us to receive the promotional code to register for free training.

eToolLCD Detailed Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

If you have attended one of our introductory LCA sessions in the past, you might find this follow-up session of interest. Pat Hermon will be demonstrating how to run an LCA in eTool from scratch and answer any specific questions you may have around LCA modelling. Pat will run through an example actual project from information gathering, model set-up and templates to certification and reporting (including for Breeam).

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by emailing patrick.hermon@etoolglobal.com

Time: 12pm – 1pm (GMT)
Location: Online or in-person at the eTool Office, Brighton
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability engineer who specialises in energy efficient construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to his years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth. Pat has completed over 30 LCAs from single dwellings to large infrastructure projects.

 

 

Cool. Smart. Innovative. – 10 Essential Principles To Achieve Sustainable Design

Cool. Smart. Innovative. – 10 Essential Principles To Achieve Sustainable Design

Here at eTool we often get asked what really makes the biggest difference to the carbon footprint of a project. In this one hour discussion, eTool LCD Engineer & Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonca will give you the winning formula of the 10 design principles that you must incorporate to achieve a sustainable building. These easy wins will set you up for success if you want to go zero carbon but have a strict budget.

Henrique will also explain the process of the Life Cycle Design Services and a real project case study will be used to demonstrate how these principles are tested and modelled using eToolLCD software. The project ‘Flo’, is an internationally awarded development by Psaros and is expected to deliver the largest carbon reduction figures from any of their developments so far.

Come down on Friday afternoon for an informal conversation, have a drink with us or get connected online and be prepared to change your concept about what a genuine sustainable building is!

Details

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Location: eTool Office, 40 – 44 Pier St, Perth WA 6000

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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Register Here

{Australia} How to Add Value to Your Services Using LCD [Webinar]

How 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.

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

LCD offers an integrated design approach to building and provide designers with the freedom to incorporate new design elements in their projects moving forward .Many developers, architects, designers and councils have successfully incorporated LCD into Business As Usual (BAU) practice.

eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design with examples of how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board. Participants will leave with an understanding of LCD and how they can offer it as a service for their clients using the eToolLCD software.

  • Green Star Projects – General Overview
  • Regulatory Purpose with Local Councils – Discretionary Building Height (Density Bonus)
  • LCA as a Required Part of ESD Tender Documentation
  • Voluntary Market – Quality Design & Marketing (e.g. stakeholders who have taken LCD as BAU)
  • Questions

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar delivery is dependent on number of registrants. If we do not reach the minumum required registrants, we will notify you no less than four days before the scheduled delivery date. 

Details

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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Register Here

eToolLCD Training

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

City of Vincent, Heritage & Eco Ideas Day

Henrique Mendonca and Alex Bruce from eTool will both be presenting and offering 10 minute one-on-one consultations sharing their knowledge on Life Cycle Design and how to achieve sustainable building.

Let me tell you a story about LCD…

Accounting is to Business…

Function and Form are to Architecture…

The Laws of Physics are to engineering…

…as Life Cycle Design is to sustainability


Interested in finding out more? Simply fill out the form below.

About eTool

eToolLCD was born in 2010 by Alex Bruce and Richard Haynes, out of a need to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment for a client wanting to understand their total carbon footprint, eTool was always about finding solutions for a sustainable future. After realising that there wasn’t a tool available for conducting accurate and repeatable LCA’s of the built form in a financially efficient manner, we set off to build our own.
Since its inception, the eTool team has grown, reaching countries all over the world such as the UK, Brazil and Germany. With over 200 LCAs under our belt and an impressive client list working on some fantastic projects, we’ve quickly become a global leader of LCAs of the built form, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of the evolution of sustainable building design. For all of us here at eTool, it’s not just about creating the best Life Cycle Design software out there, not just about building sustainably, and not just about reducing our impact on the planet. It’s about simply building better.
While eToolLCD is already pretty impressive software, we are continually developing and improving and will continue to do so until the whole world is building sustainably.

What we do

eTool LCD Software Subscription

eToolLCD is an intuitive, open-use, web-based, whole building life cycle assessment (LCA) and design software that produces comprehensive reports complete with comparable sustainable building data with outputs compliant with international standards ISO 14044 and EN 15978. In keeping with our goal to ensure Life Cycle Assessment of buildings and the built environment is accessible to everyone and anyone, we have created a number of user subscriptions to suit organisations or individuals looking to be a part of the evolution in sustainable design.

eTool LCD Certification

The certification service is for eToolLCD users who want to use the software commercially, or want an independent verification of their non-commercial eToolLCD models.  The certification service helps ensure that eToolLCD software is appropriately used by ensuring a high quality of user inputs.

EN15978 report and Third Party Review

For publically released LCA studies or where a requirement such as Greenstar exists for an EN15978 compliant LCA study eTool can provide this. The EN15978 study and subsequent report is conducted in accordance with EN15878. An independent 3rd party Peer Review will be carried out once the design, LCA model and finalised reports are completed.

Target Setting Report

These targets are established by modelling a “business as usual” version of the proposed structure based on early brief details (e.g. the purpose of the structure, approximate size, logistical considerations, regulatory limitations etc.). This LCA model is then used to identify environmental hot spots and assign strategies to reduce these. This process is conducted partially in a workshop format so that the relevant stakeholders can contribute to the strategies being considered. The effect of each strategy is estimated.

LCD Services

LCA is the most comprehensive and robust method of environmental accounting for buildings and infrastructure. The four key steps to the LCD Service are:

  1. Quantify: Life Cycle Assessment is used to quantify the entire environmental impact of your project over its whole lifespan.
  2. Compare: Your building’s performance is compared to relevant benchmarks.  Each activity, geometric element and life cycle phase can be compared to highlight environmental hot spots to be targeted for improvement.
  3. Improve: We utilise the real power of Life Cycle Assessment by identifying, targeting and reducing environmental hot spots through improvement strategies. A comprehensive LCA report is provided, giving the design team the key information.
  4. Certify: An internal or external third party review is conducted to ensure the results of the LCA study are robust and the final design performance is accurate.

LCD Lite

Available for projects under $500,000 in construction costs. The eTool LCD Lite service is essentially a streamlined version of the full life cycle design service. The predominant differences are:

  • The base design take-off is derived from some basic building attributes such as floor area, ceiling height, number of stories etc. This reduces time dedicated to detailed 3D modelling and enables more focus on identifying improvement strategies.
  • Up to 10 recommendations modelled with the aim of identifying the top 5 only

Marketing 

eTool also provide a host of useful reports that can be used to help market the building.

 

Why work with us?

1) Credibility. We know what we are doing, and we’ve done lots of it. We’ve conducted the most LCAs for Green Star projects than anyone else in Australia and have completed over 100 LCAs of buildings. We have a proven track record and we developed rigorous software that is compliant to EN 15978.

2) Expertise. We are passionate about the built form and that is our focus. We aim to encourage high performance outcomes in all aspects of your project.

3) Design. The core reason of eTool existence, we will help to improve the design to ensure a high performance outcome.

4) Usability. We use and continually improve our advanced built-form LCA software eToolLCD, every day to ensure quick, intuitive and accurate modelling outcomes

Our Clients

We work with clients ranging from homeowners, architects/designers to builders, developers and governments. While we recommend utilising eToolLCD during the design phase of your project, life cycle assessment can be used at any stage of a project.

See what our clients have to say about their experience with eTool: https://etoolglobal.com/our-clients/

{UK} Intro to eToolLCD & BREEAM International/LEED [Webinar]

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM.

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants
  • Questions

 

Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm (London-time)
Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login the morning of the event.
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Details

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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Register Here

 

 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

Register Here

Changes to Green Star – Design & As Built v1.2 and Interiors v1.2

Details

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm AEST (Melbourne-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free
Presenters: Richard Haynes – Lead Software Development and Co-Founder

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Register Here

 

 Description

The use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is gaining greater recognition in sustainability assessment. eTool is hosting a free webinar to present and discuss the recent changes in Materials Life Cycle credit and how to maximise design value using LCA methodology. An LCA credit is embedded as a core credit in the Green Star rating tools Design and As Built v1.2, Interiors v1.2 and Communities v1.1.
In early July 2017, Green Star released the 1.2 version for Design and As Built and Interiors rating tools and the Materials Life Cycle Impacts credit was further improved, as follows:
Points allocation have been adjusted with operational energy reductions capped.
Further Additional Reporting initiatives were added with extra points available.
Additional guidance throughout to improve clarity and other updates.
eTool have completed and peer reviewed over 45 LCAs for Green Star projects and we have a great group of eToolLCD users that are constantly providing feedback to improve the way we quantify and improve project performance using Life Cycle Design. Come and join us for this conversation by clicking on the register button below.
Design and As Built V1.2 – Materials Life Cycle change log
19A Life Cycle Assessment
  • R2.19A.01: Points allocation for this credit have been adjusted, as follows:
  •  19A.1 – Points from operational energy reductions are capped at 3 out of the 6 points available
  •  19A.2 – Further Additional Reporting initiatives added, increasing the points available for this criteria from 1 to 4.
  • R2.19A.02: Explanation of the update to the points availability for this requirement, and addition of the LCA Calculator.
  • R2.19A.03: Update to the characterization method used for Climate Change.
  • R2.19A.04 Additional guidance for the Peer Review process
  • R2.19A.05: New pathway to the ‘Competent LCA Practitioner’ requirement. Clarification on independence of peer reviewer.
  • R2.19A.06: Update to the unit used for Human Toxicity.
  • R2.19A.07: Update to the characterization method used for Land Use.
  • R2.91A.08 Documentation requirement for LCA Calculator
  • Minor wording corrections and additional guidance throughout to improve clarity.
Interiors V1.2 – Materials Life Cycle change log
19 Life Cycle Assessment
  • R2.19.01: Points allocation for this credit have been adjusted, as follows:
  •  19A.1 – Points from operational energy reductions are capped at 12 out of the 18 points available
  •  19A.2 – Further Additional Reporting initiatives added, increasing the points
  • available for this criteria from 1 to 7.
  • R2.19.02: Explanation of the update to the points availability for this requirement, and
  • addition of the LCA Calculator.
  • R2.19.03: Update to the characterization method used for Climate Change.
  • R2.19.04 Additional guidance for the Peer Review process
  • R2.19.05: New pathway to the ‘Competent LCA Practitioner’ requirement.
  • R2.19.06: Update to the unit used for Human Toxicity.
  • R2.19.07: Update to the characterization method used for Land Use.
  • R2.19.08 Documentation requirement for LCA Calculator
  • Minor wording corrections and additional guidance throughout to improve clarity.
Communities – current v1.1
  • In August 2015, the GBCA released the Green Star – Communities v1 rating tool which also included an LCA credit as a core credit in the rating tool. The credit has been adapted for a whole-of-site LCA, relevant to the type of projects being rated.

Register Here

[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

PatHermon_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

PatHermon_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

[UK] Intro to Life Cycle Design of Buildings & its application in BREEAM / fit-out / International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

PatHermon_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

[UK] Webinar: Intro to eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

PatHermon_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Details

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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Register Here

 

 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

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[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings and eToolLCD

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star Webinar

 

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building whilst contributing greatly to the achievement of a Green Star rating,  and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar is open to everyone and will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it is applied in Green Star rating tools.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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eToolLCD Advanced Training – UK

We offer three types of LCA training courses to best suit your needs and desired level of knowledge.

  1. eToolLCD Introductory (2 hours) (Subscription: Freelancer, Consultant or Specialist)
  2. eToolLCD Advanced (2 half days)  (Subscription: Consultant or Specialist)
  3. eToolLCD Specialist (3 half days) (Subscription Requirement: Specialist Only)
Course Overview
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
Your certified models can be used to award 2 BREEAM Innovation credits in LCA.  Ouputs from the models can also be used within our spreadsheet template to award the 3 Life Cycle Costing (Man 05) credits.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription.
Learn about subscription packages and sign up here >>
Prerequisites: 
None
Location: 
Brighton, England & Webinar format

Address: eTool Office Brighton

Brighton Junction, 1a Isetta Square

Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GQ

Time: 10.00am-1.00pm (GMT) both days
Your trainer: 
Pat Hermon

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Pat is a sustainability consultant who specialises in energy efficiency, sustainable construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to over 6 years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth.Pat is dedicated to sustainability and traces his green roots back to growing up beside a loch in rural Scotland. After spending a few years in Perth, Australia soaking up the sunshine and windsurfing on the coast, he moved back to the UK and now runs the eTool UK office.

Should I use eTool at the beginning of my project as a design tool or at the end as an assessment tool?

eToolLCD is as much a “Design” tool as it is an “Assessment” tool.
To achieve the biggest improvements in your design it is best to use eToolLCD right from the conceptual stages of your design. As part of the standard eTool Assessment, we will provide recommendations for improvement and a short consultation session with you or your designer.
That said, you can use eToolLCD at any stage of the design and construction process to make improvements. Customers even use eTool on completion to quantify the final carbon footprint of their design and then offset it with certified carbon credits.

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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eToolLCD Detailed Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

If you have attended one of our introductory LCA sessions in the past, you might find this follow-up session of interest. Pat Hermon will be demonstrating how to run an LCA in eTool from scratch and answer any specific questions you may have around LCA modelling. Pat will run through an example actual project from information gathering, model set-up and templates to certification and reporting (including for Breeam).

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by emailing patrick.hermon@etoolglobal.com

Time: 12pm – 1pm (GMT)
Location: Online or in-person at the eTool Office, Brighton
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability engineer who specialises in energy efficient construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to his years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth. Pat has completed over 30 LCAs from single dwellings to large infrastructure projects.

 

 

What LCA standards does eToolLCD comply with?

There are no ISO standards that we can measure our software against that are specific to life cycle assessment.  There are however a number of standards that eToolLCD can be used to report against.  The user still has a responsibility to ensure their report writing (publishing the numbers from eToolLCD) and inputs into eToolLCD are robust and compliant with the standard.  The standards that eTool methodology and calculations are currently compliant with include:

  • ISO 14040  2006:  Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Principles and framework
  • ISO 14044  2006:  Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Requirements and guidelines
  • EN 15978  2011: Sustainability of construction works. Assessment of environmental performance of buildings. Calculation method

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Can eToolLCD account for depreciation in carbon intensity of energy?

Yes, simply select a a grid from the electricity grid library that represents the future carbon intensity of the grid you want to model.  We have set up some examples already:

  • 2030 Australian Generic Grid
  • 2050 Australian Generic Grid

If the future grid you want to model doesn’t exist, choose an existing grid with a similar carbon intensity.  Please note that modelling impacts of future grid scenarios may effect your compliance to some standards.  We recommend only running this as a scenario rather than a base case for your LCA.

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Does eToolLCD integrate with 3D CAD packages or BIM?

AutoDesk Revit:  Yes!  We have a fully integrated plugin that transfers data from a Revit model directly into eTool templates.  See this video for more info.

Others: Partially.  The Building Information Modelling (BIM) industry is still very much in its infancy and so is our integration with it.  Users can currently use the import feature to upload data from a .csv spreadsheet file.  A .csv file can be downloaded from most BIM models and match this quantity information to our library templates to fill the information gaps (assumptions/materials/people/equipment). Most BIM packages can facilitate either a .csv download or an .xml (or .gbxml for IES) download that can be opened in excel and saved as a .csv.  Another option is to obtain a pdf or excel file of the cost plan and convert this to .csv.

Interestingly full BIM integration was one of our number one goals for software development three years ago. It just kept getting surpassed in the priority list by other new features that we introduce.  Here are some reasons why this happens:

  • LCA should be done as early in the design phase as possible (as is now recognised in BREEAM 2018). Most 3D drawings are completed well into the design phase, and we don’t want to lock designers into detail design before getting design feedback. We really only need a very simple line diagram to give us areas of walls, windows, floors etc. In fact for target setting or early RIBA stage 2 analysis, we run a model from a basic accommodation schedule.  There is far more opportunity for improving the outcome if our first LCA model is based on early concept designs than wait until a comprehensive 3D model has been completed, which will inevitably be too late to influence.
  • There is a large amount of information that is entered into the LCA which doesn’t get included in a BIM model.  For example, you might have the carpet area or cladding but do you have the glue, the underlay or the framing, the brackets, mullions/transoms etc and all the people and equipment used to install them? BIM is not generally at that level of detail yet (it will be soon and we will be ready for it).  This can be very simply added using eTools unique template system, and the BIM integration solutions we have and will continue to develop will leverage the eToolLCD template system.
  • We want to make sure we don’t actually end up making the LCA harder. There is a risk that the users spend so much time cleaning up the 3D drawing or BIM model that it would have been quicker for them to have just entered the templates manually.
  • BIM expertise also has a long way to go.  The gap in a single line of a model (which bears no importance for a BIM modeller) could be the difference between a hollow and a solid column having a huge impact on the material quantity!
  • BIM is complicated due to inconsistency in how it is applied and managed around the industry. BIM has all the hallmarks of a typical ‘network’ technology uptake where one system gains all the market share because it’s easiest to then collaborate. We want to make sure we back the winner in terms of exchange protocols and categorisation systems etc so we’ve been pretty happy sitting and waiting to see which systems win the race.
  • The current method for data entry into eTool is actually fast and reliable. At eTool we do a lot of LCAs ourselves, we’re probably the biggest single user of our own software, so we know where the time is spent in conducting an LCA from start to finish. The data entry is actually quite quick (averages less than 20% of the time taken for an LCA).  So technically the potential benefits of 3D or BIM integration are surprisingly minor.

We will complete further BIM integration in the future.  We would really like people to be able to run a 3D package that gives them thermal performance feedback and also full LCA feedback in the same place. Decisions such as triple glazing or increased concrete thermal mass need to be considered in an LCA to truly understand their net environmental benefits or impacts.  This is the goal and we want to achieve that.

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Can materials manufacturers load their products into eToolLCD?

Yes, but there are some data requirements. As a minimum, a supplier should have conducted an environmental product declaration on their product. We also look for EPDs that are registered with a member of the ECO EPD Platform. Members are listed here: http://www.eco-platform.org/who-is-participating.html

Reasons for choosing one of these program operators are:

  • Ensures compliance with ISO 14025 (it’s not an EPD if it isn’t registered with an EPD program operator) which also ensures it’s thorough, objective and likely to be reliable
  • The ECO EPD platform includes all the main EPD program operators who are currently aligning their product category rules for construction products so that all EPDs between programs will be entirely comparable. Essentially they’re creating the currency for environmental product information for the construction sector.
  • Europe lead the way with EPD activity and this system will likely become the dominant international system for construction products.
  • The ECO EPD system will also comply with EN15804 and can therefore be used in whole building LCA studies compliant with EN15978
  • ALCAS and ALCANZ (the Australian and New Zealand representative bodies for LCA) are initiating a local EPD program which aligns with the International EPD System who are also members of the ECO EPD platform

These factors essentially mean that it’s the best way of ensuring an EPD is relevant and recognised Internationally .

Note for Australian Manufacturers:

In addition, if material manufacturers are undertaking EPDs in Australia for products likely be used for Green Star projects, they should extend their reporting of environmental indicators to include the GBCA’s current list of environmental indicators required for the whole of life, whole of building LCA credits as follows:

  • Climate change (Kg CO2, equivalent IPCC AR4)
  • Stratospheric ozone depletion potential (Kg CFC 11 equivalent, WMO 1999)
  • Acidification potential of land and water (Kg SO2 equivalent, CML)
  • Eutrophication potential (kg PO4 equivalent, CML)
  • Tropospheric ozone formation potential (Photochemical Ozone Creation Potential Ethylene equivalents, CML)
  • Mineral and fossil fuel depletion (abiotic depletion) (Kg Sb equivalent, CML)

The following indicators also enable an extra Green Star point can be obtained:

  • Human Toxicity (Kg 1,4 DB equivalent, DALY)
  • Land use Land Transformation (m2 UNEP/SETAC Land Use Indicator Value Calculation in Life Cycle Assessment)
  • Resource depletion – water (m3 water use related to local scarcity of water, Water Stress Indicator)
  • Ionising Radiation (kg U-235 equivalent to air Human Health Effect model)
  • Particulate Matter (kg PM2.5 equivalent RiskPoll)

The indicators that are currently required for EN15978 are listed in green, those that are not required are red, and those that have different characterisation methods are orange. So if a manufacturer is producing an EPD and want it to be useful for Green Star purposes, it’s a good idea to include all these indicators regardless of whether they’re strictly required for the EPD.

A list of Australian practitioners is available on the ALCAS web site (link below), many of whom could provide EPD services. http://www.alcas.asn.au/resources/practitioners

We’re happy to answer questions from suppliers about EPDs.

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Who recognises LCA?

Life Cycle Assessment is recognised internationally in standards, rating tools and even legislation.

Standards

Life Cycle Assessment is recognised by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) through standards 14040 and 14044 which deal directly with LCA.  LCA is also heavily referenced or relied upon in many other ISO standards covering environmental assessment of products, services, buildings and civil structures.  Essentially, when it comes to assessing environmental performance, ISO standards prefer the use of LCA.

The European Centre for Standardisation (CEN) also heavily rely on LCA for assessing the environmental performance of buildings and building products (standards EN15978 and EN15804 respectively).  These standards are quickly becoming recognised internationally.

Of course this all makes sense, when you do stand back and think carefully about how to guarantee that a design decision you’re making truly leads to a net improvement in performance, you need to understand the life cycle impacts associated with that decision.  It’s really the only way to be sure a design choice isn’t leading to poor trade off’s.  The technical committees that were tasked with standardising “Assessment of the Environmental Performance of Buildings” had many existing systems and approaches to choose from around the world.  LCA emerged as the best option available.

Building Rating Systems

The uptake of whole building life cycle assessment has been accelerating in recent times as it becomes  more practical to implement. Even existing rating systems are quickly embracing and integrating it into their systems.  These systems include:

  • US Green Building Council: LEED
  • BRE (UK): BREEAM
  • Living Future Institute (US): Living Building Challenge
  • BioRegional (UK): One Planet Living
  • Green Building Initiative: Green Globes
  • German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB): DGNB System
  • Green Building Council of Australia: Green Star

LCA is utilised differently by these different systems.  In the case of the DGNB it’s a very significant part of the total scoring system, where as other systems are only just starting to introduce LCA.  Whole of building LCA has only become practical reasonably recently, and it’s uptake is accelerating, both in the number of systems that are incorporating it, and also the weighting.

Legislation

Governments are beginning to recognise that the way we are running our economy is unsustainable, particularly with the issue of climate change. The world needs to reduce GHG emissions per capita by approximately 80%, and developed countries by 95% to achieve sustainable levels of greenhouse gas emissions. In the construction sector, although no regulations have yet specified LCA of whole buildings, this avenue is being seriously considered. Washington State Senate commissioned a study to explore the potential of integrating life cycle assessment methods, data and/or standards into the state building code. Findings supported implementation but not immediately as the industry needs time to develop LCA skills and data. External to building regulations a number of product labelling programs have also unfolded to introduce transparency regarding embodied carbon of products.  These programs rely on LCA to determine a product’s carbon footprint.  The following programs are all using LCA to quantify and compare environmental impacts of consumer products.

  • France introduced a national pilot program of LCA based environmental labelling under the Grenelle 2 Act.
  • South Korea initiated a carbon labelling program for consumer goods and services. The system is voluntary but instigated by “The Fundamental Law for Low Carbon Green Growth, 2010”. 600 goods and services currently certified and labelled.
  • Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry started a pilot labelling program in 2008. Over 300 retailers and manufacturers are involved across 53 product categories.
  • Thailand have introduced a pilot CO2 labelling program through the GHG Management Organisation. Launched in 2010, 458 products from 100 companies are carrying the label.

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What are the differences between Green Star and Life Cycle Design?

Green Star is a rating system and Life Cycle Design is a design methodology, therefore it is difficult to make a direct comparison. We’ve detailed some very important concepts using the questions below. If you have any comments or questions, we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch.

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[Australia] Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star [Webinar]

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar/presentation will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it applies to Green Star. If you’d like a more advanced, in-depth presentation complete with case studies of clients who have sucessfully utilised the credit, check out our “LCA in Green Star” Webinar.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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Assessment method: Prescriptive versus Performance Based

Green Star uses a prescriptive method by giving credits for initiatives that are implemented into the design. These credits are translated into points using an internal Green Star weighting system. The total score will give the design a final rating. Depending on the credits utilised, the final environmental performance can vary significantly for the same final rating when a scientific calculation method is used to quantify the results. For example, eTool conducted a study that a 6-star Green Star building can have a performance range from 28% to 77% in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions1 reduction. The building performance will also vary depending on project type and scale.

Life Cycle Design (LCD) methodology is performance based and the improvement strategies are quantified and prioritised based on their performance for the specific project. LCD provides a greater emphasis on initiatives that deliver real and quantifiable environmental benefits rather than using a prescriptive method. LCD uses a comparative analysis, quantifying and comparing the performance of the proposed design against a code compliant benchmark building of the same function obtain the final result. LCD uses various impact indicators to provide quantitative results.

Example: The overall benefits of solar PV will depend on; the environmental performance of the electricity grid the project is connected to, the impacts associated with embodied carbon (materials, repair, replacement, transport) over the life of the building, efficiency of the system, generation capacity and others. The only way to quantify the real final performance is by running a life cycle assessment of the PV system applied to a specific project.

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Compliance with International Standards

Green Star is a voluntary rating system and Green Building Council of Australia designs the framework with the support of partners in the building industry.

 

Life Cycle Design uses Life Cycle Assessment, which is a scientific method for quantifying environmental performance of buildings and is aligned with the international standard EN15978. This international standard was developed by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) – Technical Committee 350, formed by a technical body of professionals from 28 countries.
https://etoolglobal.com/faqs/lca-standards-etoollcd-comply/

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Initial Impacts vs Life Cycle Impacts

Green Star doesn’t include quantification of any environmental indicator across the whole life cycle of the building (except if project uses the Materials Life Cycle credit option).

Life Cycle Design utilises Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to model whole of building whole of life performance, from construction through to end of life including all use phase impacts.

Example: Adding thermal mass will initially increase the embodied impacts of a project but might present savings over the operational phase, with lower energy demand for heating and cooling. Maintenance, repair and end of life impacts of additional thermal mass have to be analysed using integrated design approach.

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Design Functionality And Benchmarking

Green Star uses a National Construction Code (NCC) compliant version of the proposed building as a benchmark, which has a potential to reward large car parks and low functionality design elements.

Life Cycle Design uses a common benchmark for the specific building function and provides an opportunity to increase functionality before improving building efficiency.

Example: If a design has large common areas (lobby, corridors, amenities) and the primary function of the building is not optimised (net lettable area in commercial buildings for example), then comparing the performance against a code compliant version of the same building will limit the opportunity to increase its functionality.

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Limited Consideration of Design Life

Building Life Expectancy: The life expectancy of the building has a large impact on the results of the LCA. Buildings with large lifespans will have proportionally lower impacts in the construction stages and higher impacts due to operation. The difficulties (and costs) in demolishing the 20-storey building would be challenging for someone looking to re-develop the site in the future, combined with the high density of people likely to be using the space implies the re-development potential is low. The building may be likely to remain operational well beyond the current 60 year Green Star default assumption.

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Scope of Assessment

Green Star – Design & As Built, for example, assesses the sustainability attributes of a building through nine categories:

  • Management
  • Indoor Environment Quality
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Land Use and Ecology
  • Emissions
  • Innovation

Life Cycle Design can assess the impacts related to all categories listed in Green Star by expanding the system boundaries beyond the building scope. Most importantly, LCD will evaluate whole of life performance, from materials extraction to demolition / end of life impacts. LCD is unique in quantifying and reporting on multiple environmental impact indicators, including:

  • Ozone depletion
  • POCP
  • Eutrophication
  • Human Toxicity
  • Marine / Land Ecotoxicity
  • Particulate Matter
  • Acidification potential
  • Water footprint (GS reports on end use consumption only)
  • Ionising Radiation
  • Abiotic Resource Depletion
  • Fossil Fuel Combustion

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Is The Assessment Independently Reviewed?

Local councils allowing a project’s performance to be demonstrated using a self-assessed or provisional method, is taking the risk of reports not being consistent and not adequately demonstrating the minimum requirement of Green Star rating. Local government agencies are implementing a quality assurance process by requiring a third party review of self-assessed, or aspirational Green Star reports.
Life Cycle Assessment conducted following ISO standard is required to complete an independent review of the LCA study before promoting the results.

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Green Star Approach and Potential Limitation With The Current Framework:

  • Eliminating the possibility of double counting benefits e.g. points for zero impact refrigerants and more points for refrigerant leak detection system;
  • Limited consideration of recurring impacts;
  • Limited consideration of end of life treatment of buildings products;
  • Limited (if any) consideration of materials transport;
  • Limited (if any) consideration of trade staff transport to site (both during construction and then in the maintenance phase);
  • Although construction waste is covered, there’s no quantification of the impacts (transport, processing, disposal, recycling) and hence there’s no way of understanding how much effort should be going into waste management;
  • No consideration of embodied impacts of building components, for example, solar PV panels.

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{Australia} How Do Rainwater Tanks Fare In LCA?

How Do Rainwater Tanks Fare In LCA?

Water is a necessity for survival. Considered the driest continent in the planet with 20% of the country classified as desert, nowhere else is that fact more noticeable than in Australia.

With climate change being the forefront of global issues,  it is no surprise that there are increasing concerns over securing a reliable source of water in Australia, leading many to invest in harvesting their own rainwater in a bid for independence from centralised systems. In Western Australia alone, 17% of our mains water is supplied by desalination which is an energy intensive industry. Therefore, intuitively it seems that harvesting rainwater is the right choice for the planet… but is it?

While it is assumed that harvesting rainwater is the best option, this presentation seeks to answer the question – do the numbers tell us that harvesting rainwater is the best choice for our environment?

In this controversial discussion, eTool LCD Engineer Fei Ngeow will take a close look at the numbers behind the assumptions using eToolLCD in a life cycle analysis on rainwater harvesting in WA.

Come down on Friday afternoon, have a drink and be prepared to participate in some great discussion on an interesting topic!

Details

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Location: eTool Office, 40 – 44 Pier St. Perth WA 6000

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Fei Ngeow – eTool LCD Engineer

 

 

 

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Why Hasn’t My Sustainability Consultant Heard Of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)?

LCA has a long history and has recently risen to preeminence as the preferred environmental metric in sustainability evaluation.  However, many consultants are not yet familiar with LCA because historically it was a very complex and academic practice that is only recently being utilised more broadly due to advancements in LCA software, data, standards and skills.

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Did eTool Create The Life Cycle Design Methodology?

It’s important to understand that eTool created the software eToolLCD, which is compliant with the international standard EN15978. eTool utilises eToolLCD to conduct the environmental assessments and there are other LCA practitioners and ESD consultants that also use the Life Cycle Design methodology to provide services in accordance with international standards.

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eToolLCD Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

Due to the huge success of this event in May 2016, we have decided to run a second session where eTool Team Leader of LCA Services, Tom Beckerling will demonstrate in detail some of the features of eToolLCD and answer any specific questions you may have. Tom will go over software functionality such as building customised templates, bulk swap, record recommendation, reporting and others.

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • Recording recommendations, making them balance, fixing errors, re-arranging, using collections
  • Top Impacts – sensitivity study
  • Hot water system – optioneering for a multi-residential development and comparison to a common system
  • Scope for an EN15978 compliant LCA – create a EN15978 categorised template (new templates, using the library, nested templates, general efficiency)
  • Advanced outputs – Top Impacts Report, EN15978 numbers, Green Star results

eToolLCD subscribers please fill out a quick survey and ask any specific questions you would like answered using this Polldaddy link.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by email.

Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm AWST (Perth-time)
Location: In-Person at the eTool Office, Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Cost: Free
Presenter: Tom Beckerling

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Tom Beckerling is a sustainability consultant in Perth, Australia. His education background is a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Western Australia. Tom has extensive professional experience as an ESD Consultant.

 

 

LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

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[UK] Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

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eToolLCD Advanced Training – UK

We offer three types of LCA training courses to best suit your needs and desired level of knowledge.

  1. eToolLCD Introductory (2 hours) (Subscription: Freelancer, Consultant or Specialist)
  2. eToolLCD Advanced (2 half days)  (Subscription: Consultant or Specialist)
  3. eToolLCD Specialist (3 half days) (Subscription Requirement: Specialist Only)
Course Overview
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
Your certified models can be used to award 2 BREEAM Innovation credits in LCA.  Ouputs from the models can also be used within our spreadsheet template to award the 3 Life Cycle Costing (Man 05) credits.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription.
Learn about subscription packages and sign up here >>
Prerequisites: 
None
Location: 
Brighton, England & Webinar format

Address: eTool Office Brighton

Brighton Junction, 1a Isetta Square

Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GQ

Time: 9.00am-1.00pm (GMT) both days
Your trainer: 
Pat Hermon

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Pat is a sustainability consultant who specialises in energy efficiency, sustainable construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to over 6 years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth.Pat is dedicated to sustainability and traces his green roots back to growing up beside a loch in rural Scotland. After spending a few years in Perth, Australia soaking up the sunshine and windsurfing on the coast, he moved back to the UK and now runs the eTool UK office.

eToolLCD Training – Australia

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Webinar format
Time: 1.00pm-5.00pm AEDT (Melbourne-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

eToolLCD Detailed Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

If you have attended one of our introductory LCA sessions in the past, you might find this follow-up session of interest. Pat Hermon will be demonstrating how to run an LCA in eTool from scratch and answer any specific questions you may have around LCA modelling. Pat will run through an example actual project from information gathering, model set-up and templates to certification and reporting (including for Breeam).

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by emailing patrick.hermon@etoolglobal.com

Time: 12pm – 1pm (GMT)
Location: Online or in-person at the eTool Office, Brighton
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability engineer who specialises in energy efficient construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to his years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth. Pat has completed over 30 LCAs from single dwellings to large infrastructure projects.

 

 

{Australia} Webinar: Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar/presentation will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it applies to Green Star. If you’d like a more advanced, in-depth presentation complete with case studies of clients who have sucessfully utilised the credit, check out our “LCA in Green Star” Webinar.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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eToolLCD Training – Australia

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 12.00pm-4.00pm AEST (Melbourne-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

[UK] Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

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eToolLCD Advanced Training

Course Overview

This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages here >>
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

 

LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

 

eToolLCD Training – Australia

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 12.00pm-4.00pm AEST (Melbourne-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

What design detail is required to get started?

Requirements for Life Cycle Target Setting Service:

  • Design brief documents (pre concept design)

Minimum Requirements for basic comparative LCA modelling:

  • Conceptual design / sketches

Required for EN15978 compliant LCA:

  • Detailed architectural plans
  • Construction specification
  • Structural Drawings
  • Building energy modelling reports including thermal control, hot water, lighting, vertical transport and other building integrated systems
  • Equipment specification including details of any onsite generation, energy monitoring etc

Desirable Supplementary or Complementary Information:

  • Hydraulic, Elec. Struct. Engineers drawings and reports
  • Intended occupancy data (hours, number etc)
  • 3D BIM Model (ArchiCAD, gbXML, Sketchup, IFC)
  • Actual energy data if retrospective assessment

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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Details

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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Register Here

 

 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

Register Here

[UK] Webinar: Intro to eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

[Australia] Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star Webinar

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar/presentation will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it applies to Green Star. If you’d like a more advanced, in-depth presentation complete with case studies of clients who have sucessfully utilised the credit, check out our “LCA in Green Star” Webinar.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Click to register

 

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Details

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Business Development Manager

Henrique_Headshot_Cropped

 

Register Here

 

 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & eTool services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

Register Here

{Australia} How to Add Value to Your Services Using LCD [Webinar]

How 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.

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

LCD offers an integrated design approach to building and provide designers with the freedom to incorporate new design elements in their projects moving forward .Many developers, architects, designers and councils have successfully incorporated LCD into Business As Usual (BAU) practice.

eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design with examples of how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board. Participants will leave with an understanding of LCD and how they can offer it as a service for their clients using the eToolLCD software.

  • Green Star Projects – General Overview
  • Regulatory Purpose with Local Councils – Discretionary Building Height (Density Bonus)
  • LCA as a Required Part of ESD Tender Documentation
  • Voluntary Market – Quality Design & Marketing (e.g. stakeholders who have taken LCD as BAU)
  • Questions

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar delivery is dependent on number of registrants. If we do not reach the minumum required registrants, we will notify you no less than four days before the scheduled delivery date. 

Details

Time: 1pm – 2pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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Register Here

eToolLCD Training

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

{UK} Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings and eToolLCD

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

PatHermon_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

{UK} Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings and eToolLCD

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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{Australia} Using Life Cycle Design in Planning Policies

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. LCD offers a integrated design approach to building and gives developers the freedom to incorporate new design elements in their projects moving forward. This presentation and discussion will provide an overview of LCD and look at examples of councils who have integrated LCD into their planning policies as well as developers who have opted for LCD methodology.

This presentation and discussion will be structured as follows:

    • Overview of Life Cycle Design
    • How LCD can be used to define sustainability in buildings
    • Benefits of performance-based ratings over prescriptive
    • Case study examples of councils who’ve integrated LCD into their policies
    • Questions and discussion

For those located outside of Perth, the discussion will also be hosted in a webinar format, so please feel free to join in!

Details

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm AWST (Australian Western Standard Time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça, eTool Business Development Manager WA

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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Details

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

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Marketing & Selling Sustainability

Details

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Business Development Manager

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 Description

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.

Join eTool LCD Engineer and Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonca for this one-off webinar where he will explore the best sales and marketing strategies for selling sustainable buildings.

This one hour session will provide a generic introduction into marketing and sales of sustainable buildings with strategies and mechanisms for your team to capitalise on the true potential. We will include generic eTool marketing reports and go explore a summary list of project specific sales and marketing messages and strategies.

 

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[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings and eToolLCD

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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How does eToolLCD calculate the burdens and benefits associated with recycling?

eToolLCD follows the EN15978 standard for calculating recycling burdens and benefits.  What this means in simple terms is:

If the building designer is hoping to understand the net benefits associated with recycled content in buildings products used for construction and refurbishment, they should report Modules A-C inclusive.  In other words, reporting Modules A-C rewards the use of recycled content in new products.

If the building designer is hoping to understand the net benefits associated with recycling rates in the waste streams from refurbishment and demolition at the end of a products life they should report Modules A-D inclusive.  In other words, reporting Modules A-D rewards design for deconstruction (high recycling rates in the waste stream).

The methodology that drive this approach is that only the net outflow of a product is considered in Module D.  So if a material used in the buildings has a very high recycled content (when new) but a lower recycling recovery rate (in the waste stream) there will be negative net flow of material for secondary use from the system and a burden will be applied in Module D.  If on the other hand a product has a low recycled content and a high recovery rate there will be a large positive net outflow of material for secondary use and a benefit will be applied in Module D.

Closed Loop Recycling

The figure below demonstrates how impact calculations are made for the different life cycle phases. In this example, the material is made up of 40% recycled content and 60% primary production content. The impacts associated with primary production are 10units. The impacts associated with secondary production are 2 units. Based on these parameters, the calculation for Module A1-A3 is:

A1-A3 = Primary Impact x Primary Content (%) + Secondary Impact x Secondary Content (%)

A1-A3 = 10 x 0.6 + 2 x 0.4

A1-A3 = 6.8

At the end of the building life, 10% of the material is lost to landfill due to collection losses, corrosion, materials embedded within waste etc. 90% of the material hence flows through to secondary production. In EN15978, a benefit of only 50% of the total material input (not 90%) is claimed in Module D because of the original material contained 40% recycled content. So the net benefit calculated in module D is:

D = (Recycling Rate – Secondary Content) x (Secondary Impact – Primary Impact)

D = (0.9 – 0.4) x (2 – 10)

D = 4

Although this method means that the values of A1-3 and D will change depending on both recycled content and end of life recycling rate, the net impact (A1-3 + D) is entirely dependent on end of life recycling rate. If a study excludes reporting of Module D, the recycling allocation approach matches that of a recycled content allocation (100%,0%) and if Module D is included, it matches that of an end of life recycling rate allocation (0%,100%). In other words, the design for recovery and reuse methodology is supported in determining net impacts due to recycled content and recycling rates. A similar example is given in the Product Category Rules for Aluminium Products (European Aluminium Association 2013).

Closed Loop Recycling

Open Loop Recycling

Materials that are recovered for downstream use in other materials re-entering the economy need special treatment to differentiate where impacts and benefits will be allocated. Examples include:

  • Brick waste that is crushed and used in road base
  • Concrete waste that is crushed and used in road base
  • Plastics that are down cycled into less pure products
  • Glass that is crushed and used as aggregate

These materials do offset the use of primary materials and hence can have net benefits on the environment where recovery makes sense. As the materials they are replacing often have very low primary impacts anyway (eg road base), the benefits can be marginal and may depend largely on transportation distances.

Economic allocation is used to differentiate where benefits and loads should be accounted for. If a material is a genuine waste at the end of the building life cycle (negative value or zero value) then at this point no benefits can be claimed for this building, and the next building (recovered materials used in place of primary materials) will claim the benefit in modules A1-3. If the material has value at the end of the building life, the net benefits of recovery and primary material offsetting can be claimed in module D.

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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eToolLCD Advanced Training – UK

We offer three types of LCA training courses to best suit your needs and desired level of knowledge.

  1. eToolLCD Introductory (2 hours) (Subscription: Freelancer, Consultant or Specialist)
  2. eToolLCD Advanced (2 half days)  (Subscription: Consultant or Specialist)
  3. eToolLCD Specialist (3 half days) (Subscription Requirement: Specialist Only)
Course Overview
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
Your certified models can be used to award 2 BREEAM Innovation credits in LCA and 3 LEED points.  Outputs from the models can also be used to assist with the 3 Life Cycle Costing (Man 05) credits.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription.
Learn about subscription packages and sign up here >>
Prerequisites: 
None
Attendance:  
Either in person at our Brighton office or online via webinar
Address: eTool Office Brighton, Brighton Junction, 1a Isetta Square, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GQ

Day 1:  9am-2pm, Day 2: 9am-12pm
Your trainer: 
Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability consultant who specialises in energy efficiency, sustainable construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to over 6 years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth.Pat is dedicated to sustainability and traces his green roots back to growing up beside a loch in rural Scotland. After spending a few years in Perth, Australia soaking up the sunshine and windsurfing on the coast, he moved back to the UK and now runs the eTool UK office.

eToolLCD Training

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, you will receive a promotional code to register for free training.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

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*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please contact us to receive the promotional code to register for free training.

How much CO2 is the built environment responsible for?

A number of sources are now confirming the huge impact of buildings on the environment.
When both embodied and operational emissions are accounted for, most estimates seem to fall between 30 and 40%, although some studies indicate it is even higher.

“Worldwide, 30-40% of all primary energy is used in buildings.” United Nations Environmental Program, 2007

“The commercial and residential building sector accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States.” United States Green Building Council, 2009

“According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), nearly half (46.7%) of all CO2 emissions in 2009 came from the Building Sector.” Architecture 2030, 2011

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How is eToolLCD and Life Cycle Assessment different from other energy and carbon assessment tools?

eTool uses a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method to include both the “Embodied Energy” and the “Operational Energy” over the total design life of the building or development.
Most other assessment tools only assess the operational aspects and hence miss half of the equation when it comes to quantifying the total energy and carbon footprint of a design.
Further to that eToolLCD is web based, free and very user friendly. This enables us to ensure LCA becomes a standard design philosophy for the built form.

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What is Life Cycle Assessment or “LCA”?

LCA is an accounting method that assesses each and every impact associated with all stages of a product or process over its life span. The approach is sometimes referred to as a “Cradle to Cradle” assessment if it accounts for full recycling at the end of the products design life or just “Cradle to Grave” if it takes the product through to disposal only.

For more details please download our paper on the science of LCA in the built form here.

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Who certifies eToolLCD?

Please click here for a very detailed answer.

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What is the difference between an “Assessment” and a “Certification”?

An “Assessment” is where you supply the design details and we do all the work to provide you with a report, recommendations and ultimately a “Certification”.

A “Certification” is where you use the eToolLCD yourself to conduct your own “Assessment”.
Once you are finished we just check through your work to ensure it meets the basic assessment criteria, then we certify it and supply the associated “Certification” documents.

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How does LCA relate to the built environment in regards to energy and carbon?

LCA of the built form involves quantifying the total “Embodied Energy” and the “Operational Energy” over the entire design life of the building (click here to see LCA graphic). Energy can then be converted in CO2e using applicable coefficients relevant to the primary energy source and efficiency.

For more details please download our paper on the science of LCA in the built form here.

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What does “Embodied Energy” mean in reference to the built environment?

Embodied Energy refers to the energy and/or carbon required to construct and maintain a building over its entire design life (click here to see LCA graphic).
Embodied Energy can be broken down into the following components:

  • Materials – Energy used to extract the raw materials and process them into useable building products available at the gate of the factory (“Cradle to Gate”).
  • Transport – Energy used to transport the building materials from the factory gate to the building site.
  • Assembly – Energy used to construct and create the building.
  • Recurring – Energy used to maintain and replace certain building elements over the entire life span of the building.
  • Demolition and Recycling – Energy used to demolish and recycle the building and feed the resultant materials back into the building materials “food chain”.

For more details please download our paper on the science of LCA in the built form here.

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Estimated time to certify an EN15978 compliant LCA model and report

The normal steps in the certification / review process are listed below:
  1. Submit model/s for certification
  2. QA / QC Checks on eToolLCD model/s (eTool)
  3. Complete / update eToolLCD model/s
  4. eToolLCD model/s certified in the software (eTool)
  5. Complete EN15978 report (from eTool templates at present but moving to software in the near future) and submit to eTool for third party review
  6. Third party review round 1 feedback (eTool)
  7. Update EN15978 compliant report and respond to round 1 feedback
  8. Third Party review round 2 feedback (eTool)
  9. Update EN15978 compliant report and respond to round 1 feedback
  10. Finalise Third Party review (eTool)
Time frames for this process range from 5 days to many weeks depending on how well developed the LCA model is, how quickly the software user is able to respond to queries and how much time is taken to complete/update the LCA report.

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How does eTool “certify” my eToolLCD model?

eTool have an internal procedure for certifying designs that evolves with our software and our experience.  Essentially we check the users inputs to ensure that the LCA model complies with the system boundary, scope, and accuracy requirements.  We have a mix of automatic reports and manual processes that we run through to check the users inputs.  We also compare the project to similar projects in the growing eToolLCD database which provides a good ‘sense check’ on not only the over-all result but also individual elements in the building.

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Why do we “certify” eToolLCD user’s inputs?

There’s a host of reasons why we certify users designs, here’s a few:

  • From day one eTool recognised the importance of comparable and accurate results flowing from our software.  By checking users’s inputs eTool can ensure comparability.
  • Industry is renowned for criticising software, and software companies are renowned for pointing the finger at user’s inputs (garbage in garbage out).  We wanted a different relationship between users and eToolLCD where there was no need for finger pointing
  • ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards for LCA call for all studies to be verified by a third party, it made sense for us to offer this service as we understand the inner workings of the software which is important for an LCA verification.
  • It provided us with a revenue model that didn’t require large upfront fees, and this allows the proliferation of affordable LCAs, and lower impact buildings (project budget is no longer a key factor in commissioning an LCA)

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What does “Operational Energy” mean in reference to the built environment?

The “Operational Energy” is the amount of energy required to run the building over its design life and includes appliances such as Air-Conditioners, Hot Water systems, Refridgeration and Lighting.

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If access to eToolLCD software is free how do you expect to generate revenue?

Our primary aim is to make LCA philosophy a standard component to all design processes.
In order to achieve this the software had to be extremely accessible and hence the decision to make it free. We do understand that in order to achieve our primary aim we also need to generate revenue to advance and improve the software; as a result our current revenue streams are based on the following components:

  • Assessments: We offer the service of completing an assessment for people who don’t have the time or desire to use the software themselves. These assessments are charged at a rate that covers our time and work required for eTool to gather the data from your design and conduct the assessment. The service also comes with standard recommendations that allow you to improve your designs.
  • Certifications: We ask that anyone who uses the software for commercial gain (please see our software “Terms and Conditions” when you first register for use) to “certify” their designs. Essentially this is a service where we will check your assessment to ensure it has been completed correctly and present you with a report and certificate that allows you to publish your results to clients.
    If you choose not to certify you cannot in any form claim reference to eTool software outputs.

We feel that through the above revenue streams we will be able to continue to support and develop our software while ensuring it remains as accessible as possible to the greatest number of users.

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How much “Embodied Energy” is there in an “average” building?

As there are limited numbers of LCA’s of buildings completed in Australia, the sample group is too small to quote what an “average” might be. However after conducting numerous LCA’s on “benchmark” or “standard” Australian residential designs we have found that “Embodied Energy” is responsible for approximately 35% of the a buildings carbon footprint.

As we rapidly populate our database of designs globally we will be better positioned to provide more accurate statistics on “average” values. To put this in perspective, in Australia air conditioning is responsible for approximately 23% of the buildings total carbon footrpint over its design life. With “Embodied Energy” at 35% we feel that it is imperative that the use of eTool and LCA compliment the legislated design requirements for the thermal performance of buildings in Australia.

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eTool LCA Medals Explained

eTool thoroughly believes in the science of LCA and is committed to following international standards for reporting results. We also recognise that many people are more inclined to concise information summaries in the format of certificates or ratings. For this reason we developed a rating system that summarises the LCA performance of your building and chose a medal system to reward best practice design.
True to LCA standards, we measure the performance of buildings against a benchmark, and the medals are awarded according to the carbon emissions reduction for the improved designs. Our benchmarks are “average” buildings of like utility, in a similar climate zone to the building being assessed. For example, if assessing a new home, we will choose a residential benchmark in the same climatic zone as the building being assessed.

The all important functional units then come into play to allow fair comparison between building life spans and size. For example, a residential buliding will have its carbon emissions reduction measured per year per occupant, where as a commercial building will be measured per year per square meter. Longer design lives and increased functionality are therefore rewarded in eTool ratings.

The ratings system is summarised below:

Bronze MedalSaving of up to 30% equivalent green house gas emissions measured in mass of CO2 equivalent measured against the applicable benchmark
Silver Medal30 to 60% Saving
Gold Medal60 to 90% Saving
Platinum MedalMore than 90% Saving. In addition, to receiving an overall platinum rating, a gold medal must be achieved in both operational and embodied carbon.

Getting an overall platinum medal is a very difficult feat. This is due to the difficulty in significantly reducing your embodied impacts. Our lifestyles have become so accustomed to externalising environmental damage through the indirect use of cheap fossil fuel energy, we rarely spare a thought for the impact of our expenditure on goods, even if we are quite conscious of our home or transport related energy use.

To date, eTool has only awarded one overall platinum medal for a building project. In this case, they were able to achieve the result by preserving the majority of the structure, it was a residential renovation with extension. Other methods of achieving low embodied impacts include:

  • Extending design life or functionality
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Re-use of materials
  • Low carbon materials

For more detail on low carbon design principles, consider an eTool training session which we are now running online.

Please contact us for more information.

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How can LCA compare different types of buildings?

eTool have “Benchmark” buildings for different primary building uses.  Benchmarks are a weighted average calculation of embodied and operational carbon for the new buildings of that primary purpose.  For example, our residential benchmark reflects the new residential dwelling mix in Australia.  That is, we’ve looked at the national Australian Bureau of Statistics data for new dwellings, determined the mix of low, medium and high density buildings, established a weighted average size of dwelling and then determined the embodied carbon of that size of dwelling.  We have then profiled average energy consumption for new homes, adjusted for the climate region (which affects the thermal performance component).  We have ensured that all energy consumption stats are calculated on building code compliant structural, design and energy efficiency measures.  This gives us a measuring stick against which all new residential premises can be compared, our “Benchmark”.  Ideally we want to reduce the impact in comparison to this “average” for new dwellings.

The obvious question regarding the above approach is that we’re not comparing like for like. For example, how can we compare a detached house to a multistory residential apartment block?.  By using a functional unit of “impacts / occupant / year” we are normalising results to allow comparisons despite wildly varying building sizes, styles, densities etc.  Without the functional unit the eTool benchmark buildings would be useless to compare against.  The power of the functional unit is that it enables all buildings to be compared, thereby the advantages (or otherwise) of totally different housing approaches can be assessed against the “business as usual” approach.

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eTool LCA Certificate Explained

Please click here for a detailed overview of the eTool LCA certificate.

Posted in: General

LCA v LCCA

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is covered by ISO 14040 and 14044; it is a method of assessing the environmental impacts of a product or service. LCCA (Life Cycle Cost Assessment) is covered by ISO 15686 – 5 and gives guidelines for performing life cycle cost analysis of buildings and constructed assets.
eToolLCD has been developed to meet LCA standards, and although is a very useful tool for life cycle cost assessments, the standard reports generated by eToolLCD don’t necessarily meet ISO 15686 – 5 (LCCA).  Neither of these standards are particularly well known and we have been providing both services to clients in the past to their satisfaction.

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Do you account for building design life?

Absolutely, design life is a critical component of good LCA performance.  The studies suggest that for buildings, the actual service life is dictated by redevelopment pressure, not durability.  If it’s a detached residential building in a high density area it is likely to be subject to very high redevelopment pressure in the not to distant future.  If however a building is very high density, or in a very low density area it’s not going to be under nearly the same pressure for redevelopment.  Further to this, by applying good future proofing design principles and superior design quality, design life may also be extended.  In determining the environmental impacts of a building design life and functionality can be the biggest determinants.

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How is the benchmark building created? Who manages this, and how do you stop people from manipulating the benchmark buildings?

eTool model the benchmark buildings based on a weighted average building density, size and functionality of new stock for the type of building undergoing the LCA.  In essence, the benchmark is a nominal statistical average of buildings that provide the same function.  For example, for residential buildings, we look at the weighted mix of existing housing stock, the size and occupancy.  From there we make adjustments to ensure modern day code compliance.  The benchmarks have to be specific for each region to account for building codes and climate variables  For example, there are major differences between a code compliant building in the US verse Australia.  Our current published benchmarks are all Australian buildings at present but we’re extending the library internationally as we speak.  eTool create and manage all the benchmarks, it’s not a user defined thing and therefore all LCAs conducted in eTool are comparable for a particular building type in a particular region.

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Which materials should we shift away from and what should we stick with to get a better LCA result?

It’s really dependant on the building.  Sometimes it actually makes sense to use high embodied impact materials because they provide durability, but this is only justified in buildings that are likely to still be standing in 100 years or more.  It also depends on the interaction between thermal performance and the materials.  There’s often a few iterations involved to perfect the mix.  General rules of thumb though would be, for buildings with a short expected life span, light frame construction is preferable, for buildings with a long life span, the focus often has to be on reducing recurring impacts from maintenance activities (paint, carpets, plasterboard etc).  Natural finishes are a good way of combatting this.

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What are the Goals of eToolLCD?

The goals of an eTool LCA are to:

  • Quantify the environmental impacts of the clients design (normal eTool assessments pay particular attention to CO2 equivalent emissions, CO2e)
  • Compare these impacts against a typical ‘business as usual’ benchmark
  • Provide recommendations that will ideally reduce the total impacts of the building
  • Conduct this in a cost effective, auditable and repeatable manner

A typical eTool assessment allows reporting of numerous impacts:

  • Global Warming Potential
  • Primary Energy
  • Water Use
  • Land Use
  • Costs

Most commonly however we only report on Global Warming Potential.

It is the goal of eTool to estimate impacts with enough accuracy to compare different design options. The aim is to be vaguely right not precisely wrong. Estimating impacts to high levels of confidence requires detailed resources. In the case of buildings, this will usually be overshadowed by the influence of occupant behavior on operational impacts, or the actual building life that will deviate significantly from that estimated in this assessment. The assessment does not attempt to predict the affects of future changes to:

  • Grid Power Sources (which hopefully by the time this building is actually nearing it’s design life will be predominantly renewable) Inflation of building materials (for maintenance), labour costs or energy costs
  • The assessment therefore represents a snapshot in time, all else being equal, of the building performance.

Posted in: eToolLCD Software

What Functional Units does eToolLCD use?

In order to normalise assessments between building types the environmental and cost impacts are expressed in terms of an applicable functional unit.  Typically eTool uses the following functional units for different project types:

  • Commercial Office: Impacts are either measured:
      • Per Occupant Hour
      • Per m2 per year
  • Residential buildings: Impacts measured per occupant per year
  • Community, healthcare, retail: Impacts are either measured:
      • Per Occupant Hour
      • Per m2 per year
  • Industrial buildings: Impacts measured per m2 per year

All the functional units rely on a prediction of design life, which has a very large effect on their comparable sustainability. Although difficult to predict, eTool uses a methodology aimed at producing fair and repeatable comparisons between building designs. Individual building life spans will deviate significantly from the design lives calculated using this methodology, however the aim is to predict the mean expected life of all buildings with similar characteristics and circumstances.

Although studies that quantify the actual life span of buildings are lacking, the reasons for demolition of buildings are quite well documented. Studies conducted in Australia (Kapambwe, Ximenes, F, Vinden, & Keenan, 2009) and the US (Athena Institute, 2004) indicate that less than 10% of buildings are demolished due to reaching the end of their strutural service life. It is other factors that usually dictate service life, namely:

  • Redevelopment for economic reasons (surrounding land has increased in value to the extent that it is more profitable to increase the density or use of the buliding)
  • Redevelopment for aesthetic reasons (the building is no longer in fasion)
  • Fire or other disaster

For this reason the following characteristics are also considered when estimating design life:

  • Building density
  • Density of the surrounding suburb
  • Design quality

Best practice building design attempts to match the durability with the redevelopment potential of the building.

The eTool estimated design lives often differ compared to industry perceptions of building life span. Architects in Australia for example expect detached residential buildings to last over 60 years (Kapambwe, Ximenes, F, Vinden, & Keenan, 2009).

Posted in: eToolLCD Methodology, eToolLCD Software

What are the System Boundaries of eToolLCD?

The current eToolLCD scope is shown in the below diagram.  Although broad, the omission of demolition and recycling impacts must be noted as this has potential to be significant in an unbounded LCA.  eTool is working now to include demolition, disposal and recycling and as credible data becomes available this will be built into subsequent versions of eToolLCD..  The eTool database does however store an estimated percentage of recyclable materials used in the construction of the building which can be reported on separately. Please contact us for more information.

Posted in: eToolLCD Methodology

Do we use the BP LCI database for materials?

Not at this stage. The BP LCI Data is unfortunately “Gate to Gate” data which does not account for the impact of the input of materials to the manufacturing process. The BP LCI team acknowledge this shortcoming and hope to expand their assessment boundary to include cradle to gate impacts.

In the meantime eToolLCD uses international LCI data. We hope to incorporate the BP LCI in one form or another as soon as the data provides cradle to gate, weighted and normalised LCA data.

Posted in: eToolLCD Methodology

How secure is eToolLCD software?

Website
The eTool website itself is built using Microsoft’s latest and most secure web technology ASP.NET MVC.  It leverages the ASP.NET Forms Authentication library to provide the highest level of security to users accounts and their content.  Users are required to use a combination of email address and password to gain access to their eTool workspace.  Passwords must meet minimum complexity requirements and we follow industry best practice by not storing users passwords but rather salted hashes.

Servers
All of eTool’s services are built on top of very secure foundations. Using Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to host eToolLCD ensures a high level of security and protection against malicious attacks at the infrastructure level. Amazon have stringent controls, policies, procedures, hardware standards and robust systems that meet or exceed the CESG cloud computing principles as far as the data centre responsibilities are concerned.

Backup Strategy
eToolLCD uses one back-end MYSQL database to store all data hosted by Amazon Web Services. The only separation of data involves documents uploaded by users which are stored on a separate “S3 Bucket” that is called by the application when documents are to be retrieved. The application and database share the same instance. We deploy redundant servers, daily backups and an additional level of backup for disaster recovery. In the event of an outage on a server, we will continue to work on the redundant copies. In the eventuality of a large scale event, we can recover within 10 minutes using the daily backups or within 2 hours using the disaster backups. The whole instance is backed up at 3 hourly intervals with the backups stored using the following schedule:

1. 3 Hourly backups stored for 24 hours
2. Daily backups stored for 7 days
3. Weekly Backups stored for 2 months
4. Quarterly backups stored indefinitely

Skeddly (skeddly.com) service is used to backup the AWS instances. In all, eight separate scheduled actions are set up in Skeddly to achieve the above backup schedule and history. The actions are a combination of “Create Snapshot” and “Delete Snapshot” actions (the delete actions are filtered to ensure preservation of historical backups). At daily intervals snapshots are also copied by the Skeddly service to another region (that is from Singapore to Sydney data centre) to ensure a catastrophic event at the Singapore data centre will not compromise Disaster Recovery efforts.

Alert Communication
AWS Cloudwatch alarms have been set up to alert key eTool staff when the eToolLCD server does not pass a status check. The alerts have been set up for hourly intervals. This ensures that eTool staff will become aware of the issue within an hour of the fault if they haven‟t already been alerted by users.

Disaster Recovery
eTool have a disaster recovery and business continuity strategy that enables very fast full recovery to production. eTool’s disaster recovery strategy has the following objectives which have been successfully tested in simulated catastrophic failure events:
• Recovery Point Objective: Maximum of 3 hours
• Recovery Time Objective: Maximum of 4 hours including:
o Communication: Maximum of 1 hour
o Implementation of DR procedure: Maximum of 2 hours

The essential elements of the DR plan are:

• Communication: Automated communicate to key eTool staff if eToolLCD server fails any status checks
• Pre-prepared reboot instances with the operating system etc installed and ready to boot across multiple regions
• Procedure for creating a new volume from the backups snapshots, and attaching this volume to the pre-prepared reboot instance.
• Post recovery procedure to ensure subsequent failure can be managed in the same fashion and that the root cause of the issue (if internal) is established and re-occurrence prevented.
• Bi-annual simulation of DR event, including full disaster recovery test.

eTool have simulated data recovery incidents and have been able to restore the application to the last backup within 20 minutes of being alerted to the failure.

Continuity
eTool maintains an excellent track record when it comes to software delivery. Unplanned maintenance at eTool has been limited to two occurrences, of approximately 4 and 2 hours respectively, in the five years since eToolLCD has been live. This represents an availability of 99.986% of total calendar hours (incidentally, both of these events happened outside of UK business hours).
eToolLCD updates are conducted on 2-4 week intervals and are scheduled for shoulder periods when user activity is minimal, being a system that is used globally this does present some challenges. The normal update window is 20 minutes. When the application is down for such maintenance a clone is made available in case users are in the middle of a demonstration.

Etool support services are committed to resolving critical support tickets within 4 hours. A critical ticket is defined as one in which an organisation or group of users cannot work and are relying on eToolLCD to achieve a deadline or a process is affected and users cannot perform certain functions.

Etool maintains a business continuity plan which is updated regularly a copy can be provided on request

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How do I learn to use eToolLCD software?

The demand for LCA of the built form is growing rapidly. To ensure we can maximise our current available resources to help accelerate LCD we  encourage you to use our online help videos to learn the basics of eTool.

Of course, face to face training is the best way to learn, and we offer a range of subscription packages. Please register your interest here for the next training session in your nearest capital city.

Posted in: eToolLCD Software

How do I use the eToolLCD Expressions?

eToolLCD V2 introduced some pretty neat functionality that allows users to enter formulas or expressions into some fields.  This is particularly useful for building operational energy templates, for example, based on building size or occupancy.  We have used a third party calculation library to enable this functionality, the list of available operators and functions is available here.

We also have a number of variables that relate to the design that can be used in expressions.  The list of these is provided below (with default values that are used in library template calculations before loading into a design):

Name

Property

 Default Value 

OccupancyOccupancy of the structure2
Fully Enclosed Building AreaFully enclosed building area of the design225
Estimated Design LifeEstimated design life of the structure50
Maximum Durability CeilingThe maximum structural life of the structure150
Design Template QuantityThe template quantity field that is filled out when uploading a template into a design100

 

This functionality has dramatically improved the ease at which we can predict operational energy in designs and we’re enjoying using it here at eTool.  We will be adding more stored variables as time passes, watch this space.  To learn how to utilise this functionality, please get in touch for some training

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How Does eTool Define Building Areas?

The following table shoes how eTool will be soon defining areas within the software (if not already!):

Australian Construction Handbook Definitions (Rawlinsons)Simplified eTool NotesUK Equivalent
TermAbbreviationDescription
Gross Floor Area GLAThe sum of the Fully Enclosed Covered Area and Unenclosed Covered Area as defined.No ChangeGross External Area
Fully Enclosed Covered AreaFECAThe sum of all such areas at all building floor levels, including basements (except unexcavated portions), floored roof spaces and attics, garages, penthouses, enclosed porches and attached enclosed covered ways alongside buildings, computed by measuring from the normal inside face of exterior walls but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers, and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers, and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls.  It shall not include open courts, light wells, connecting or isolated covered ways and net open areas of upper portions of rooms, lobbies, halls, interstitial spaces and the like, which extend through the storey being computed.As for Rawlinsons but projectiosn are generally included in the measurement and measurement may be from the outside, centre or inside of external walls depending on the models and plans used to develop the inventoryGross Internal Area
Unenclosed Covered AreaUCAThe sum of all such area at all building floor levels, including roofed balconies, open verandahs, porches, porticos, attached open covered ways alongside buildings, undercrofts and useable space under buildings, unenclosed access galleries (including ground floor) and any other trafficable covered areas of the building which are not totally enclosed by full height walls, computed my measuring the area between the enclosing walls or balustrade (i.e. from the inside face of the UCA. excluding the wall or balustrade thickness).  When measurements shall be taken to the edge of the paving or to the edge of the cover, whichever is the lesser.  UCA shall not include eves, overhangs, sun shading, awnings and the like where these do not relate to clearly defined trafficable covered areas, nor shall if include connecting or isolated covered ways.As for Rawlinsons but area of balustrades is generally included and measurement may be from the outside, centre or inside of external walls depending on the models and plans used to develop the inventory
Building AreaBAThe total enclosed and unenclosed area of the building at all building floor levels measured between the normal outside face of any enclosing walls, balustrades and supports.No Change
Usable Floor AreaUFAThe sum of the floor areas measured at floor level from the general inside face of walls and all interior spaces related to the primary function of the building.  This will normally be computed by calculating the Fully Enclosed Covered Floor Area (FECA) and deducting all the following areas supplementary to the primary building function:
– Common Use Areas: All floored areas in the building for the circulation and standard facilities provided for the common use of occupiers, tenants and / or the public such as lobbies and foyers to entrances, lifts, landings, and fire escapes, verandahs and balconies, corridors and passages, toilet and rest room areas, cloak and locker areas, cleaners rooms including stores and cupboards, tea making and similar amenities.
– Service Areas: All areas set aside for the building plant supplying services and facilities common to the building for the use of occupants, tenants, and / or the public such as mechanical plant and equipment rooms, electrical equipment and switch rooms, tank rooms, lift motor rooms, meter cupboards, telecommunication switch rooms, refuse collection areas, loading bays and all car parks including access ways thereto.
– Non Habitable Areas: All non-habitable building space such as that occupied by internal columns and other structural supports, internal walls and permanent partitions, lift shafts, service ducts and the like.
As for Rawlinsons but will generally include non habital areas.Net Internal Area
Treated AreaTAThe sum of all areas at all building levels to which a particular engineering services is provided.  The area is computed by measuring from the normal inside f ace of exterior walls, but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers, and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls, to the center line of internal walls, as applicable, which enclose the area treated.   NOTE:  Treated area may need to be calculated separately for each engineering service.  The treated area to such services as space heating, ventilation, evaporative cooling and air-conditioning should include all areas to which the treated air is supplied.  The treated areas for fire protection comprises the sum of protected floor space, the area of protected ceiling spaces and the area of protected under floor spaces.As for Rawlinsons, generally only appried to “Conditioned Area”
Net Lettable Area, Office BuildingsNLAThe sum of all lettable areas within a commercial type office building, measured from the internal finished surfaces of permanent walls and from the internal finished surfaces of dominant portions of the permanent outer building walls, and including the area occupied by structural columns, and engaged perimeter columns, all in accordance with the Method for the Measurement for Lettable Area issued by the Property Council of Australia.  Deductions from NLA:
– All stairs, toilets, cleaners cupboards, lift shafts, escalators, and tea rooms where provided as standard facilities in the building.
– Lobbies between lifts facing other lifts serving the same floor
– Areas set aside as public space or thoroughfares and not used exclusively by occupiers of the building (NOTE: Excludes any additional common areas resulting from subdivision of a whole floor to accommodate more than one tenant)
– Areas set aside as plant and lift motor rooms of for the provision of facilities or services to the building and not for the exclusive use of an occupier or occupiers of the building
– Areas set aside for use by service vehicles and for delivery of goods and access ways thereto
– Areas set aside for car parking and access thereto
– Areas where clear height is less than 1.5m
As for Rawlinsons but will generally include non habital areas.

 

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Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star Webinar

 

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building whilst contributing greatly to the achievement of a Green Star rating,  and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar is open to everyone and will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it is applied in Green Star rating tools.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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eToolLCD Training

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

 

eToolLCD Training

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

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[UK] Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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An Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment for Infrastructure

After completing the LCAs for Brookfield Multiplex on the New Perth Stadium, for LendLease on the Waterbank – Infrastructure and Public Domain Area, and currently working on the NorthLink WA Southern Section with John Holland, eTool is excited to invite you to this one off event where we will demonstrate using these real life examples how LCA can be used for Infrastructure.

Join us for this one hour webinar where we will share with you why Life Cycle Design adds value to an infrastructure design process and how it can be done using eToolLCD software.

We’ll also provide an overview of potential IS credits (Infrastructure Sustainability) using Life Cycle Assessment and have a live Q & A session for participants.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Henrique Mendonca, eTool Business Development Manager

 

 

 

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eToolLCD Advanced Training

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages here >>
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

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{Australia} Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star [Webinar]

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar/presentation will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it applies to Green Star. If you’d like a more advanced, in-depth presentation complete with case studies of clients who have sucessfully utilised the credit, check out our “LCA in Green Star” Webinar.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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{Australia} Webinar: How to Utilise LCA in Green Star

An advanced session. With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with.

This session will provide you with an inside look into case studies of projects that have successfully utilised the Life Cycle Impacts credit under the Green Star Design & As Built and Green Star Interiors tool.

eTool Life Cycle Design Engineer Henrique Mendonca, will take attendees through some projects we have worked with, and walk you through an EN 15978 compliant report

This one and a half hour presentation and interactive Q&A is eligible for 2 GBCA CPD points. Feel free to bring a potential project or case study along to get upfront expert advice.

The webinar outline will be structured as follows:

  • Intro to LCA & eToolLCD
  • Case Studies
  • EN 15978 Reporting
  • Questions

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: $70AUD
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Henrique Mendonça, eTool Western Australia Business Development Manager

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This one and a half hour presentation is eligible for 2 GBCA CPD points.

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[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

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eToolLCD Training – Australia

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Webinar format
Time:  1:00pm-5:00pm AEDT (Sydney and Melbourne-time) both days
            10:00am-2:00pm AWST (Perth) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

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*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

eToolLCD Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

In this one time only event, eTool Team Leader of LCA Services, Tom Beckerling will demonstrate in detail some of the features of eToolLCD and answer any specific questions you may have. Tom will go over software functionality such as building customised templates, bulk swap, record recommendation, reporting and others.

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

eToolLCD subscribers please fill out a quick survey and ask any specific questions you would like answered using this Polldaddy link.

Come down on Thursday afternoon for an informal session, have a locally brewed beer with us or get connected online for this one-time only event.

Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm AWST (Perth-time)
Location: In-Person at the eTool Office, Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Cost: Free
Presenter: Tom Beckerling

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Tom Beckerling is a sustainability consultant in Perth, Australia. His education background is a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Western Australia. Tom has extensive professional experience as an ESD Consultant.

 

 

eToolLCD Detailed Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

If you have attended one of our introductory LCA sessions in the past, you might find this follow-up session of interest. Pat Hermon will be demonstrating how to run an LCA in eTool from scratch and answer any specific questions you may have around LCA modelling. Pat will run through an example actual project from information gathering, model set-up and templates to certification and reporting (including for Breeam).

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by emailing patrick.hermon@etoolglobal.com

Time: 12pm – 1pm (GMT)
Location: Online or in-person at the eTool Office, Brighton
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon

Pat is an sustainabilityengineer who specialises in energy efficient construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to his years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth. Pat has completed over 30 LCAs from single dwellings to large infrastructure projects.

 

 

Does an eToolLCD “Certification” count as a peer review?

Yes. It is an interactive process to ensure your model and project not only meets required standards but also gains the most value out of engaging with Life Cycle Assessment.

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eToolLCD Advanced Training – UK

We offer three types of LCA training courses to best suit your needs and desired level of knowledge.

  1. eToolLCD Introductory (2 hours) (Subscription: Freelancer, Consultant or Specialist)
  2. eToolLCD Advanced (2 half days)  (Subscription: Consultant or Specialist)
  3. eToolLCD Specialist (3 half days) (Subscription Requirement: Specialist Only)
Course Overview
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
Your certified models can be used to award 2 BREEAM Innovation credits in LCA.  Ouputs from the models can also be used within our spreadsheet template to award the 3 Life Cycle Costing (Man 05) credits.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription.
Learn about subscription packages and sign up here >>
Prerequisites: 
None
Location: 
Brighton, England & Webinar format

Address: eTool Office Brighton

Brighton Junction, 1a Isetta Square

Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GQ

Day 1:  9am-2pm, Day 2: 9am-12pm
Your trainer: 
Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability consultant who specialises in energy efficiency, sustainable construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to over 6 years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth.Pat is dedicated to sustainability and traces his green roots back to growing up beside a loch in rural Scotland. After spending a few years in Perth, Australia soaking up the sunshine and windsurfing on the coast, he moved back to the UK and now runs the eTool UK office.

LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

 

eToolLCD Training

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, you will receive a promotional code to register for free training.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please contact us to receive the promotional code to register for free training.

eToolLCD Detailed Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

If you have attended one of our introductory LCA sessions in the past, you might find this follow-up session of interest. Pat Hermon will be demonstrating how to run an LCA in eTool from scratch and answer any specific questions you may have around LCA modelling. Pat will run through an example actual project from information gathering, model set-up and templates to certification and reporting (including for Breeam).

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by emailing patrick.hermon@etoolglobal.com

Time: 12pm – 1pm (GMT)
Location: Online or in-person at the eTool Office, Brighton
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability engineer who specialises in energy efficient construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to his years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth. Pat has completed over 30 LCAs from single dwellings to large infrastructure projects.

 

 

Cool. Smart. Innovative. – 10 Essential Principles To Achieve Sustainable Design

Cool. Smart. Innovative. – 10 Essential Principles To Achieve Sustainable Design

Here at eTool we often get asked what really makes the biggest difference to the carbon footprint of a project. In this one hour discussion, eTool LCD Engineer & Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonca will give you the winning formula of the 10 design principles that you must incorporate to achieve a sustainable building. These easy wins will set you up for success if you want to go zero carbon but have a strict budget.

Henrique will also explain the process of the Life Cycle Design Services and a real project case study will be used to demonstrate how these principles are tested and modelled using eToolLCD software. The project ‘Flo’, is an internationally awarded development by Psaros and is expected to deliver the largest carbon reduction figures from any of their developments so far.

Come down on Friday afternoon for an informal conversation, have a drink with us or get connected online and be prepared to change your concept about what a genuine sustainable building is!

Details

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Location: eTool Office, 40 – 44 Pier St, Perth WA 6000

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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Register Here

{Australia} How to Add Value to Your Services Using LCD [Webinar]

How 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.

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

LCD offers an integrated design approach to building and provide designers with the freedom to incorporate new design elements in their projects moving forward .Many developers, architects, designers and councils have successfully incorporated LCD into Business As Usual (BAU) practice.

eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design with examples of how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board. Participants will leave with an understanding of LCD and how they can offer it as a service for their clients using the eToolLCD software.

  • Green Star Projects – General Overview
  • Regulatory Purpose with Local Councils – Discretionary Building Height (Density Bonus)
  • LCA as a Required Part of ESD Tender Documentation
  • Voluntary Market – Quality Design & Marketing (e.g. stakeholders who have taken LCD as BAU)
  • Questions

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar delivery is dependent on number of registrants. If we do not reach the minumum required registrants, we will notify you no less than four days before the scheduled delivery date. 

Details

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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Register Here

eToolLCD Training

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

City of Vincent, Heritage & Eco Ideas Day

Henrique Mendonca and Alex Bruce from eTool will both be presenting and offering 10 minute one-on-one consultations sharing their knowledge on Life Cycle Design and how to achieve sustainable building.

Let me tell you a story about LCD…

Accounting is to Business…

Function and Form are to Architecture…

The Laws of Physics are to engineering…

…as Life Cycle Design is to sustainability


Interested in finding out more? Simply fill out the form below.

About eTool

eToolLCD was born in 2010 by Alex Bruce and Richard Haynes, out of a need to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment for a client wanting to understand their total carbon footprint, eTool was always about finding solutions for a sustainable future. After realising that there wasn’t a tool available for conducting accurate and repeatable LCA’s of the built form in a financially efficient manner, we set off to build our own.
Since its inception, the eTool team has grown, reaching countries all over the world such as the UK, Brazil and Germany. With over 200 LCAs under our belt and an impressive client list working on some fantastic projects, we’ve quickly become a global leader of LCAs of the built form, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of the evolution of sustainable building design. For all of us here at eTool, it’s not just about creating the best Life Cycle Design software out there, not just about building sustainably, and not just about reducing our impact on the planet. It’s about simply building better.
While eToolLCD is already pretty impressive software, we are continually developing and improving and will continue to do so until the whole world is building sustainably.

What we do

eTool LCD Software Subscription

eToolLCD is an intuitive, open-use, web-based, whole building life cycle assessment (LCA) and design software that produces comprehensive reports complete with comparable sustainable building data with outputs compliant with international standards ISO 14044 and EN 15978. In keeping with our goal to ensure Life Cycle Assessment of buildings and the built environment is accessible to everyone and anyone, we have created a number of user subscriptions to suit organisations or individuals looking to be a part of the evolution in sustainable design.

eTool LCD Certification

The certification service is for eToolLCD users who want to use the software commercially, or want an independent verification of their non-commercial eToolLCD models.  The certification service helps ensure that eToolLCD software is appropriately used by ensuring a high quality of user inputs.

EN15978 report and Third Party Review

For publically released LCA studies or where a requirement such as Greenstar exists for an EN15978 compliant LCA study eTool can provide this. The EN15978 study and subsequent report is conducted in accordance with EN15878. An independent 3rd party Peer Review will be carried out once the design, LCA model and finalised reports are completed.

Target Setting Report

These targets are established by modelling a “business as usual” version of the proposed structure based on early brief details (e.g. the purpose of the structure, approximate size, logistical considerations, regulatory limitations etc.). This LCA model is then used to identify environmental hot spots and assign strategies to reduce these. This process is conducted partially in a workshop format so that the relevant stakeholders can contribute to the strategies being considered. The effect of each strategy is estimated.

LCD Services

LCA is the most comprehensive and robust method of environmental accounting for buildings and infrastructure. The four key steps to the LCD Service are:

  1. Quantify: Life Cycle Assessment is used to quantify the entire environmental impact of your project over its whole lifespan.
  2. Compare: Your building’s performance is compared to relevant benchmarks.  Each activity, geometric element and life cycle phase can be compared to highlight environmental hot spots to be targeted for improvement.
  3. Improve: We utilise the real power of Life Cycle Assessment by identifying, targeting and reducing environmental hot spots through improvement strategies. A comprehensive LCA report is provided, giving the design team the key information.
  4. Certify: An internal or external third party review is conducted to ensure the results of the LCA study are robust and the final design performance is accurate.

LCD Lite

Available for projects under $500,000 in construction costs. The eTool LCD Lite service is essentially a streamlined version of the full life cycle design service. The predominant differences are:

  • The base design take-off is derived from some basic building attributes such as floor area, ceiling height, number of stories etc. This reduces time dedicated to detailed 3D modelling and enables more focus on identifying improvement strategies.
  • Up to 10 recommendations modelled with the aim of identifying the top 5 only

Marketing 

eTool also provide a host of useful reports that can be used to help market the building.

 

Why work with us?

1) Credibility. We know what we are doing, and we’ve done lots of it. We’ve conducted the most LCAs for Green Star projects than anyone else in Australia and have completed over 100 LCAs of buildings. We have a proven track record and we developed rigorous software that is compliant to EN 15978.

2) Expertise. We are passionate about the built form and that is our focus. We aim to encourage high performance outcomes in all aspects of your project.

3) Design. The core reason of eTool existence, we will help to improve the design to ensure a high performance outcome.

4) Usability. We use and continually improve our advanced built-form LCA software eToolLCD, every day to ensure quick, intuitive and accurate modelling outcomes

Our Clients

We work with clients ranging from homeowners, architects/designers to builders, developers and governments. While we recommend utilising eToolLCD during the design phase of your project, life cycle assessment can be used at any stage of a project.

See what our clients have to say about their experience with eTool: https://etoolglobal.com/our-clients/

{UK} Intro to eToolLCD & BREEAM International/LEED [Webinar]

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM.

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants
  • Questions

 

Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm (London-time)
Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login the morning of the event.
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Details

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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Register Here

 

 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

Register Here

Changes to Green Star – Design & As Built v1.2 and Interiors v1.2

Details

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm AEST (Melbourne-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free
Presenters: Richard Haynes – Lead Software Development and Co-Founder

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Register Here

 

 Description

The use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is gaining greater recognition in sustainability assessment. eTool is hosting a free webinar to present and discuss the recent changes in Materials Life Cycle credit and how to maximise design value using LCA methodology. An LCA credit is embedded as a core credit in the Green Star rating tools Design and As Built v1.2, Interiors v1.2 and Communities v1.1.
In early July 2017, Green Star released the 1.2 version for Design and As Built and Interiors rating tools and the Materials Life Cycle Impacts credit was further improved, as follows:
Points allocation have been adjusted with operational energy reductions capped.
Further Additional Reporting initiatives were added with extra points available.
Additional guidance throughout to improve clarity and other updates.
eTool have completed and peer reviewed over 45 LCAs for Green Star projects and we have a great group of eToolLCD users that are constantly providing feedback to improve the way we quantify and improve project performance using Life Cycle Design. Come and join us for this conversation by clicking on the register button below.
Design and As Built V1.2 – Materials Life Cycle change log
19A Life Cycle Assessment
  • R2.19A.01: Points allocation for this credit have been adjusted, as follows:
  •  19A.1 – Points from operational energy reductions are capped at 3 out of the 6 points available
  •  19A.2 – Further Additional Reporting initiatives added, increasing the points available for this criteria from 1 to 4.
  • R2.19A.02: Explanation of the update to the points availability for this requirement, and addition of the LCA Calculator.
  • R2.19A.03: Update to the characterization method used for Climate Change.
  • R2.19A.04 Additional guidance for the Peer Review process
  • R2.19A.05: New pathway to the ‘Competent LCA Practitioner’ requirement. Clarification on independence of peer reviewer.
  • R2.19A.06: Update to the unit used for Human Toxicity.
  • R2.19A.07: Update to the characterization method used for Land Use.
  • R2.91A.08 Documentation requirement for LCA Calculator
  • Minor wording corrections and additional guidance throughout to improve clarity.
Interiors V1.2 – Materials Life Cycle change log
19 Life Cycle Assessment
  • R2.19.01: Points allocation for this credit have been adjusted, as follows:
  •  19A.1 – Points from operational energy reductions are capped at 12 out of the 18 points available
  •  19A.2 – Further Additional Reporting initiatives added, increasing the points
  • available for this criteria from 1 to 7.
  • R2.19.02: Explanation of the update to the points availability for this requirement, and
  • addition of the LCA Calculator.
  • R2.19.03: Update to the characterization method used for Climate Change.
  • R2.19.04 Additional guidance for the Peer Review process
  • R2.19.05: New pathway to the ‘Competent LCA Practitioner’ requirement.
  • R2.19.06: Update to the unit used for Human Toxicity.
  • R2.19.07: Update to the characterization method used for Land Use.
  • R2.19.08 Documentation requirement for LCA Calculator
  • Minor wording corrections and additional guidance throughout to improve clarity.
Communities – current v1.1
  • In August 2015, the GBCA released the Green Star – Communities v1 rating tool which also included an LCA credit as a core credit in the rating tool. The credit has been adapted for a whole-of-site LCA, relevant to the type of projects being rated.

Register Here

[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

[UK] Intro to Life Cycle Design of Buildings & its application in BREEAM / fit-out / International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

PatHermon_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

[UK] Webinar: Intro to eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Details

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

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[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings and eToolLCD

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star Webinar

 

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building whilst contributing greatly to the achievement of a Green Star rating,  and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar is open to everyone and will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it is applied in Green Star rating tools.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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eToolLCD Advanced Training – UK

We offer three types of LCA training courses to best suit your needs and desired level of knowledge.

  1. eToolLCD Introductory (2 hours) (Subscription: Freelancer, Consultant or Specialist)
  2. eToolLCD Advanced (2 half days)  (Subscription: Consultant or Specialist)
  3. eToolLCD Specialist (3 half days) (Subscription Requirement: Specialist Only)
Course Overview
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
Your certified models can be used to award 2 BREEAM Innovation credits in LCA.  Ouputs from the models can also be used within our spreadsheet template to award the 3 Life Cycle Costing (Man 05) credits.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription.
Learn about subscription packages and sign up here >>
Prerequisites: 
None
Location: 
Brighton, England & Webinar format

Address: eTool Office Brighton

Brighton Junction, 1a Isetta Square

Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GQ

Time: 10.00am-1.00pm (GMT) both days
Your trainer: 
Pat Hermon

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Pat is a sustainability consultant who specialises in energy efficiency, sustainable construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to over 6 years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth.Pat is dedicated to sustainability and traces his green roots back to growing up beside a loch in rural Scotland. After spending a few years in Perth, Australia soaking up the sunshine and windsurfing on the coast, he moved back to the UK and now runs the eTool UK office.

Should I use eTool at the beginning of my project as a design tool or at the end as an assessment tool?

eToolLCD is as much a “Design” tool as it is an “Assessment” tool.
To achieve the biggest improvements in your design it is best to use eToolLCD right from the conceptual stages of your design. As part of the standard eTool Assessment, we will provide recommendations for improvement and a short consultation session with you or your designer.
That said, you can use eToolLCD at any stage of the design and construction process to make improvements. Customers even use eTool on completion to quantify the final carbon footprint of their design and then offset it with certified carbon credits.

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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eToolLCD Detailed Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

If you have attended one of our introductory LCA sessions in the past, you might find this follow-up session of interest. Pat Hermon will be demonstrating how to run an LCA in eTool from scratch and answer any specific questions you may have around LCA modelling. Pat will run through an example actual project from information gathering, model set-up and templates to certification and reporting (including for Breeam).

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by emailing patrick.hermon@etoolglobal.com

Time: 12pm – 1pm (GMT)
Location: Online or in-person at the eTool Office, Brighton
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability engineer who specialises in energy efficient construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to his years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth. Pat has completed over 30 LCAs from single dwellings to large infrastructure projects.

 

 

What LCA standards does eToolLCD comply with?

There are no ISO standards that we can measure our software against that are specific to life cycle assessment.  There are however a number of standards that eToolLCD can be used to report against.  The user still has a responsibility to ensure their report writing (publishing the numbers from eToolLCD) and inputs into eToolLCD are robust and compliant with the standard.  The standards that eTool methodology and calculations are currently compliant with include:

  • ISO 14040  2006:  Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Principles and framework
  • ISO 14044  2006:  Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Requirements and guidelines
  • EN 15978  2011: Sustainability of construction works. Assessment of environmental performance of buildings. Calculation method

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Can eToolLCD account for depreciation in carbon intensity of energy?

Yes, simply select a a grid from the electricity grid library that represents the future carbon intensity of the grid you want to model.  We have set up some examples already:

  • 2030 Australian Generic Grid
  • 2050 Australian Generic Grid

If the future grid you want to model doesn’t exist, choose an existing grid with a similar carbon intensity.  Please note that modelling impacts of future grid scenarios may effect your compliance to some standards.  We recommend only running this as a scenario rather than a base case for your LCA.

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Does eToolLCD integrate with 3D CAD packages or BIM?

AutoDesk Revit:  Yes!  We have a fully integrated plugin that transfers data from a Revit model directly into eTool templates.  See this video for more info.

Others: Partially.  The Building Information Modelling (BIM) industry is still very much in its infancy and so is our integration with it.  Users can currently use the import feature to upload data from a .csv spreadsheet file.  A .csv file can be downloaded from most BIM models and match this quantity information to our library templates to fill the information gaps (assumptions/materials/people/equipment). Most BIM packages can facilitate either a .csv download or an .xml (or .gbxml for IES) download that can be opened in excel and saved as a .csv.  Another option is to obtain a pdf or excel file of the cost plan and convert this to .csv.

Interestingly full BIM integration was one of our number one goals for software development three years ago. It just kept getting surpassed in the priority list by other new features that we introduce.  Here are some reasons why this happens:

  • LCA should be done as early in the design phase as possible (as is now recognised in BREEAM 2018). Most 3D drawings are completed well into the design phase, and we don’t want to lock designers into detail design before getting design feedback. We really only need a very simple line diagram to give us areas of walls, windows, floors etc. In fact for target setting or early RIBA stage 2 analysis, we run a model from a basic accommodation schedule.  There is far more opportunity for improving the outcome if our first LCA model is based on early concept designs than wait until a comprehensive 3D model has been completed, which will inevitably be too late to influence.
  • There is a large amount of information that is entered into the LCA which doesn’t get included in a BIM model.  For example, you might have the carpet area or cladding but do you have the glue, the underlay or the framing, the brackets, mullions/transoms etc and all the people and equipment used to install them? BIM is not generally at that level of detail yet (it will be soon and we will be ready for it).  This can be very simply added using eTools unique template system, and the BIM integration solutions we have and will continue to develop will leverage the eToolLCD template system.
  • We want to make sure we don’t actually end up making the LCA harder. There is a risk that the users spend so much time cleaning up the 3D drawing or BIM model that it would have been quicker for them to have just entered the templates manually.
  • BIM expertise also has a long way to go.  The gap in a single line of a model (which bears no importance for a BIM modeller) could be the difference between a hollow and a solid column having a huge impact on the material quantity!
  • BIM is complicated due to inconsistency in how it is applied and managed around the industry. BIM has all the hallmarks of a typical ‘network’ technology uptake where one system gains all the market share because it’s easiest to then collaborate. We want to make sure we back the winner in terms of exchange protocols and categorisation systems etc so we’ve been pretty happy sitting and waiting to see which systems win the race.
  • The current method for data entry into eTool is actually fast and reliable. At eTool we do a lot of LCAs ourselves, we’re probably the biggest single user of our own software, so we know where the time is spent in conducting an LCA from start to finish. The data entry is actually quite quick (averages less than 20% of the time taken for an LCA).  So technically the potential benefits of 3D or BIM integration are surprisingly minor.

We will complete further BIM integration in the future.  We would really like people to be able to run a 3D package that gives them thermal performance feedback and also full LCA feedback in the same place. Decisions such as triple glazing or increased concrete thermal mass need to be considered in an LCA to truly understand their net environmental benefits or impacts.  This is the goal and we want to achieve that.

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Can materials manufacturers load their products into eToolLCD?

Yes, but there are some data requirements. As a minimum, a supplier should have conducted an environmental product declaration on their product. We also look for EPDs that are registered with a member of the ECO EPD Platform. Members are listed here: http://www.eco-platform.org/who-is-participating.html

Reasons for choosing one of these program operators are:

  • Ensures compliance with ISO 14025 (it’s not an EPD if it isn’t registered with an EPD program operator) which also ensures it’s thorough, objective and likely to be reliable
  • The ECO EPD platform includes all the main EPD program operators who are currently aligning their product category rules for construction products so that all EPDs between programs will be entirely comparable. Essentially they’re creating the currency for environmental product information for the construction sector.
  • Europe lead the way with EPD activity and this system will likely become the dominant international system for construction products.
  • The ECO EPD system will also comply with EN15804 and can therefore be used in whole building LCA studies compliant with EN15978
  • ALCAS and ALCANZ (the Australian and New Zealand representative bodies for LCA) are initiating a local EPD program which aligns with the International EPD System who are also members of the ECO EPD platform

These factors essentially mean that it’s the best way of ensuring an EPD is relevant and recognised Internationally .

Note for Australian Manufacturers:

In addition, if material manufacturers are undertaking EPDs in Australia for products likely be used for Green Star projects, they should extend their reporting of environmental indicators to include the GBCA’s current list of environmental indicators required for the whole of life, whole of building LCA credits as follows:

  • Climate change (Kg CO2, equivalent IPCC AR4)
  • Stratospheric ozone depletion potential (Kg CFC 11 equivalent, WMO 1999)
  • Acidification potential of land and water (Kg SO2 equivalent, CML)
  • Eutrophication potential (kg PO4 equivalent, CML)
  • Tropospheric ozone formation potential (Photochemical Ozone Creation Potential Ethylene equivalents, CML)
  • Mineral and fossil fuel depletion (abiotic depletion) (Kg Sb equivalent, CML)

The following indicators also enable an extra Green Star point can be obtained:

  • Human Toxicity (Kg 1,4 DB equivalent, DALY)
  • Land use Land Transformation (m2 UNEP/SETAC Land Use Indicator Value Calculation in Life Cycle Assessment)
  • Resource depletion – water (m3 water use related to local scarcity of water, Water Stress Indicator)
  • Ionising Radiation (kg U-235 equivalent to air Human Health Effect model)
  • Particulate Matter (kg PM2.5 equivalent RiskPoll)

The indicators that are currently required for EN15978 are listed in green, those that are not required are red, and those that have different characterisation methods are orange. So if a manufacturer is producing an EPD and want it to be useful for Green Star purposes, it’s a good idea to include all these indicators regardless of whether they’re strictly required for the EPD.

A list of Australian practitioners is available on the ALCAS web site (link below), many of whom could provide EPD services. http://www.alcas.asn.au/resources/practitioners

We’re happy to answer questions from suppliers about EPDs.

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Who recognises LCA?

Life Cycle Assessment is recognised internationally in standards, rating tools and even legislation.

Standards

Life Cycle Assessment is recognised by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) through standards 14040 and 14044 which deal directly with LCA.  LCA is also heavily referenced or relied upon in many other ISO standards covering environmental assessment of products, services, buildings and civil structures.  Essentially, when it comes to assessing environmental performance, ISO standards prefer the use of LCA.

The European Centre for Standardisation (CEN) also heavily rely on LCA for assessing the environmental performance of buildings and building products (standards EN15978 and EN15804 respectively).  These standards are quickly becoming recognised internationally.

Of course this all makes sense, when you do stand back and think carefully about how to guarantee that a design decision you’re making truly leads to a net improvement in performance, you need to understand the life cycle impacts associated with that decision.  It’s really the only way to be sure a design choice isn’t leading to poor trade off’s.  The technical committees that were tasked with standardising “Assessment of the Environmental Performance of Buildings” had many existing systems and approaches to choose from around the world.  LCA emerged as the best option available.

Building Rating Systems

The uptake of whole building life cycle assessment has been accelerating in recent times as it becomes  more practical to implement. Even existing rating systems are quickly embracing and integrating it into their systems.  These systems include:

  • US Green Building Council: LEED
  • BRE (UK): BREEAM
  • Living Future Institute (US): Living Building Challenge
  • BioRegional (UK): One Planet Living
  • Green Building Initiative: Green Globes
  • German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB): DGNB System
  • Green Building Council of Australia: Green Star

LCA is utilised differently by these different systems.  In the case of the DGNB it’s a very significant part of the total scoring system, where as other systems are only just starting to introduce LCA.  Whole of building LCA has only become practical reasonably recently, and it’s uptake is accelerating, both in the number of systems that are incorporating it, and also the weighting.

Legislation

Governments are beginning to recognise that the way we are running our economy is unsustainable, particularly with the issue of climate change. The world needs to reduce GHG emissions per capita by approximately 80%, and developed countries by 95% to achieve sustainable levels of greenhouse gas emissions. In the construction sector, although no regulations have yet specified LCA of whole buildings, this avenue is being seriously considered. Washington State Senate commissioned a study to explore the potential of integrating life cycle assessment methods, data and/or standards into the state building code. Findings supported implementation but not immediately as the industry needs time to develop LCA skills and data. External to building regulations a number of product labelling programs have also unfolded to introduce transparency regarding embodied carbon of products.  These programs rely on LCA to determine a product’s carbon footprint.  The following programs are all using LCA to quantify and compare environmental impacts of consumer products.

  • France introduced a national pilot program of LCA based environmental labelling under the Grenelle 2 Act.
  • South Korea initiated a carbon labelling program for consumer goods and services. The system is voluntary but instigated by “The Fundamental Law for Low Carbon Green Growth, 2010”. 600 goods and services currently certified and labelled.
  • Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry started a pilot labelling program in 2008. Over 300 retailers and manufacturers are involved across 53 product categories.
  • Thailand have introduced a pilot CO2 labelling program through the GHG Management Organisation. Launched in 2010, 458 products from 100 companies are carrying the label.

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What are the differences between Green Star and Life Cycle Design?

Green Star is a rating system and Life Cycle Design is a design methodology, therefore it is difficult to make a direct comparison. We’ve detailed some very important concepts using the questions below. If you have any comments or questions, we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch.

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[Australia] Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star [Webinar]

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar/presentation will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it applies to Green Star. If you’d like a more advanced, in-depth presentation complete with case studies of clients who have sucessfully utilised the credit, check out our “LCA in Green Star” Webinar.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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Assessment method: Prescriptive versus Performance Based

Green Star uses a prescriptive method by giving credits for initiatives that are implemented into the design. These credits are translated into points using an internal Green Star weighting system. The total score will give the design a final rating. Depending on the credits utilised, the final environmental performance can vary significantly for the same final rating when a scientific calculation method is used to quantify the results. For example, eTool conducted a study that a 6-star Green Star building can have a performance range from 28% to 77% in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions1 reduction. The building performance will also vary depending on project type and scale.

Life Cycle Design (LCD) methodology is performance based and the improvement strategies are quantified and prioritised based on their performance for the specific project. LCD provides a greater emphasis on initiatives that deliver real and quantifiable environmental benefits rather than using a prescriptive method. LCD uses a comparative analysis, quantifying and comparing the performance of the proposed design against a code compliant benchmark building of the same function obtain the final result. LCD uses various impact indicators to provide quantitative results.

Example: The overall benefits of solar PV will depend on; the environmental performance of the electricity grid the project is connected to, the impacts associated with embodied carbon (materials, repair, replacement, transport) over the life of the building, efficiency of the system, generation capacity and others. The only way to quantify the real final performance is by running a life cycle assessment of the PV system applied to a specific project.

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Compliance with International Standards

Green Star is a voluntary rating system and Green Building Council of Australia designs the framework with the support of partners in the building industry.

 

Life Cycle Design uses Life Cycle Assessment, which is a scientific method for quantifying environmental performance of buildings and is aligned with the international standard EN15978. This international standard was developed by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) – Technical Committee 350, formed by a technical body of professionals from 28 countries.
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Initial Impacts vs Life Cycle Impacts

Green Star doesn’t include quantification of any environmental indicator across the whole life cycle of the building (except if project uses the Materials Life Cycle credit option).

Life Cycle Design utilises Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to model whole of building whole of life performance, from construction through to end of life including all use phase impacts.

Example: Adding thermal mass will initially increase the embodied impacts of a project but might present savings over the operational phase, with lower energy demand for heating and cooling. Maintenance, repair and end of life impacts of additional thermal mass have to be analysed using integrated design approach.

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Design Functionality And Benchmarking

Green Star uses a National Construction Code (NCC) compliant version of the proposed building as a benchmark, which has a potential to reward large car parks and low functionality design elements.

Life Cycle Design uses a common benchmark for the specific building function and provides an opportunity to increase functionality before improving building efficiency.

Example: If a design has large common areas (lobby, corridors, amenities) and the primary function of the building is not optimised (net lettable area in commercial buildings for example), then comparing the performance against a code compliant version of the same building will limit the opportunity to increase its functionality.

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Limited Consideration of Design Life

Building Life Expectancy: The life expectancy of the building has a large impact on the results of the LCA. Buildings with large lifespans will have proportionally lower impacts in the construction stages and higher impacts due to operation. The difficulties (and costs) in demolishing the 20-storey building would be challenging for someone looking to re-develop the site in the future, combined with the high density of people likely to be using the space implies the re-development potential is low. The building may be likely to remain operational well beyond the current 60 year Green Star default assumption.

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Scope of Assessment

Green Star – Design & As Built, for example, assesses the sustainability attributes of a building through nine categories:

  • Management
  • Indoor Environment Quality
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Land Use and Ecology
  • Emissions
  • Innovation

Life Cycle Design can assess the impacts related to all categories listed in Green Star by expanding the system boundaries beyond the building scope. Most importantly, LCD will evaluate whole of life performance, from materials extraction to demolition / end of life impacts. LCD is unique in quantifying and reporting on multiple environmental impact indicators, including:

  • Ozone depletion
  • POCP
  • Eutrophication
  • Human Toxicity
  • Marine / Land Ecotoxicity
  • Particulate Matter
  • Acidification potential
  • Water footprint (GS reports on end use consumption only)
  • Ionising Radiation
  • Abiotic Resource Depletion
  • Fossil Fuel Combustion

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Is The Assessment Independently Reviewed?

Local councils allowing a project’s performance to be demonstrated using a self-assessed or provisional method, is taking the risk of reports not being consistent and not adequately demonstrating the minimum requirement of Green Star rating. Local government agencies are implementing a quality assurance process by requiring a third party review of self-assessed, or aspirational Green Star reports.
Life Cycle Assessment conducted following ISO standard is required to complete an independent review of the LCA study before promoting the results.

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Green Star Approach and Potential Limitation With The Current Framework:

  • Eliminating the possibility of double counting benefits e.g. points for zero impact refrigerants and more points for refrigerant leak detection system;
  • Limited consideration of recurring impacts;
  • Limited consideration of end of life treatment of buildings products;
  • Limited (if any) consideration of materials transport;
  • Limited (if any) consideration of trade staff transport to site (both during construction and then in the maintenance phase);
  • Although construction waste is covered, there’s no quantification of the impacts (transport, processing, disposal, recycling) and hence there’s no way of understanding how much effort should be going into waste management;
  • No consideration of embodied impacts of building components, for example, solar PV panels.

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{Australia} How Do Rainwater Tanks Fare In LCA?

How Do Rainwater Tanks Fare In LCA?

Water is a necessity for survival. Considered the driest continent in the planet with 20% of the country classified as desert, nowhere else is that fact more noticeable than in Australia.

With climate change being the forefront of global issues,  it is no surprise that there are increasing concerns over securing a reliable source of water in Australia, leading many to invest in harvesting their own rainwater in a bid for independence from centralised systems. In Western Australia alone, 17% of our mains water is supplied by desalination which is an energy intensive industry. Therefore, intuitively it seems that harvesting rainwater is the right choice for the planet… but is it?

While it is assumed that harvesting rainwater is the best option, this presentation seeks to answer the question – do the numbers tell us that harvesting rainwater is the best choice for our environment?

In this controversial discussion, eTool LCD Engineer Fei Ngeow will take a close look at the numbers behind the assumptions using eToolLCD in a life cycle analysis on rainwater harvesting in WA.

Come down on Friday afternoon, have a drink and be prepared to participate in some great discussion on an interesting topic!

Details

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Location: eTool Office, 40 – 44 Pier St. Perth WA 6000

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Fei Ngeow – eTool LCD Engineer

 

 

 

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Why Hasn’t My Sustainability Consultant Heard Of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)?

LCA has a long history and has recently risen to preeminence as the preferred environmental metric in sustainability evaluation.  However, many consultants are not yet familiar with LCA because historically it was a very complex and academic practice that is only recently being utilised more broadly due to advancements in LCA software, data, standards and skills.

Posted in: Life Cycle Design vs Green Building Rating

Did eTool Create The Life Cycle Design Methodology?

It’s important to understand that eTool created the software eToolLCD, which is compliant with the international standard EN15978. eTool utilises eToolLCD to conduct the environmental assessments and there are other LCA practitioners and ESD consultants that also use the Life Cycle Design methodology to provide services in accordance with international standards.

Posted in: Life Cycle Design vs Green Building Rating

eToolLCD Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

Due to the huge success of this event in May 2016, we have decided to run a second session where eTool Team Leader of LCA Services, Tom Beckerling will demonstrate in detail some of the features of eToolLCD and answer any specific questions you may have. Tom will go over software functionality such as building customised templates, bulk swap, record recommendation, reporting and others.

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • Recording recommendations, making them balance, fixing errors, re-arranging, using collections
  • Top Impacts – sensitivity study
  • Hot water system – optioneering for a multi-residential development and comparison to a common system
  • Scope for an EN15978 compliant LCA – create a EN15978 categorised template (new templates, using the library, nested templates, general efficiency)
  • Advanced outputs – Top Impacts Report, EN15978 numbers, Green Star results

eToolLCD subscribers please fill out a quick survey and ask any specific questions you would like answered using this Polldaddy link.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by email.

Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm AWST (Perth-time)
Location: In-Person at the eTool Office, Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Cost: Free
Presenter: Tom Beckerling

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Tom Beckerling is a sustainability consultant in Perth, Australia. His education background is a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Western Australia. Tom has extensive professional experience as an ESD Consultant.

 

 

LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

 

LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

 

[UK] Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

eToolLCD Advanced Training – UK

We offer three types of LCA training courses to best suit your needs and desired level of knowledge.

  1. eToolLCD Introductory (2 hours) (Subscription: Freelancer, Consultant or Specialist)
  2. eToolLCD Advanced (2 half days)  (Subscription: Consultant or Specialist)
  3. eToolLCD Specialist (3 half days) (Subscription Requirement: Specialist Only)
Course Overview
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
Your certified models can be used to award 2 BREEAM Innovation credits in LCA.  Ouputs from the models can also be used within our spreadsheet template to award the 3 Life Cycle Costing (Man 05) credits.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription.
Learn about subscription packages and sign up here >>
Prerequisites: 
None
Location: 
Brighton, England & Webinar format

Address: eTool Office Brighton

Brighton Junction, 1a Isetta Square

Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GQ

Time: 9.00am-1.00pm (GMT) both days
Your trainer: 
Pat Hermon

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Pat is a sustainability consultant who specialises in energy efficiency, sustainable construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to over 6 years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth.Pat is dedicated to sustainability and traces his green roots back to growing up beside a loch in rural Scotland. After spending a few years in Perth, Australia soaking up the sunshine and windsurfing on the coast, he moved back to the UK and now runs the eTool UK office.

eToolLCD Training – Australia

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Webinar format
Time: 1.00pm-5.00pm AEDT (Melbourne-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

eToolLCD Detailed Modelling Session – Webinar & In-Person

eToolLCD Modelling Session

If you have attended one of our introductory LCA sessions in the past, you might find this follow-up session of interest. Pat Hermon will be demonstrating how to run an LCA in eTool from scratch and answer any specific questions you may have around LCA modelling. Pat will run through an example actual project from information gathering, model set-up and templates to certification and reporting (including for Breeam).

This is an open software modelling session available to non subscribers as well as subscribers. After one hour you’ll feel confident to put a model together and know all of the key advanced features available to you in the software. We will also share some key findings on how to reduce built form environmental impacts.

**If you are planning to attend in person please let us know by emailing patrick.hermon@etoolglobal.com

Time: 12pm – 1pm (GMT)
Location: Online or in-person at the eTool Office, Brighton
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability engineer who specialises in energy efficient construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to his years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth. Pat has completed over 30 LCAs from single dwellings to large infrastructure projects.

 

 

{Australia} Webinar: Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar/presentation will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it applies to Green Star. If you’d like a more advanced, in-depth presentation complete with case studies of clients who have sucessfully utilised the credit, check out our “LCA in Green Star” Webinar.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

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This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Click to register

 

eToolLCD Training – Australia

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 12.00pm-4.00pm AEST (Melbourne-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

[UK] Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings, eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or consultants

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

PatHermon_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

eToolLCD Advanced Training

Course Overview

This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages here >>
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

 

LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

PatHermon_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

 

eToolLCD Training – Australia

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole project life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 12.00pm-4.00pm AEST (Melbourne-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

What design detail is required to get started?

Requirements for Life Cycle Target Setting Service:

  • Design brief documents (pre concept design)

Minimum Requirements for basic comparative LCA modelling:

  • Conceptual design / sketches

Required for EN15978 compliant LCA:

  • Detailed architectural plans
  • Construction specification
  • Structural Drawings
  • Building energy modelling reports including thermal control, hot water, lighting, vertical transport and other building integrated systems
  • Equipment specification including details of any onsite generation, energy monitoring etc

Desirable Supplementary or Complementary Information:

  • Hydraulic, Elec. Struct. Engineers drawings and reports
  • Intended occupancy data (hours, number etc)
  • 3D BIM Model (ArchiCAD, gbXML, Sketchup, IFC)
  • Actual energy data if retrospective assessment

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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Details

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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Register Here

 

 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

Register Here

[UK] Webinar: Intro to eToolLCD & BREEAM International / LEED

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

PatHermon_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to extend this invite to any colleagues who may also be interested.

RSVP Here

[Australia] Intro to LCA of Buildings and Green Star Webinar

After originally being introduced through the GBCA Innovation Challenges in 2013, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is now embedded within the new “Materials Life Cycle Impacts” credit under the 2014 Design & As Built credits.

With up to seven points available, LCA offers a great opportunity to increase the performance of your building and is something all building industry professionals should be familiar with. This webinar/presentation will give attendees a basic overview of LCA and how it applies to Green Star. If you’d like a more advanced, in-depth presentation complete with case studies of clients who have sucessfully utilised the credit, check out our “LCA in Green Star” Webinar.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Perth-time)
Cost: Free
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Shlomi Bonet, eTool Eastern Australia Business Development Manager

Shlomi_Headshot_Cropped

 

 

 

 

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Click to register

 

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

Details

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Business Development Manager

Henrique_Headshot_Cropped

 

Register Here

 

 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & eTool services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

Register Here

{Australia} How to Add Value to Your Services Using LCD [Webinar]

How 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.

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

LCD offers an integrated design approach to building and provide designers with the freedom to incorporate new design elements in their projects moving forward .Many developers, architects, designers and councils have successfully incorporated LCD into Business As Usual (BAU) practice.

eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design with examples of how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board. Participants will leave with an understanding of LCD and how they can offer it as a service for their clients using the eToolLCD software.

  • Green Star Projects – General Overview
  • Regulatory Purpose with Local Councils – Discretionary Building Height (Density Bonus)
  • LCA as a Required Part of ESD Tender Documentation
  • Voluntary Market – Quality Design & Marketing (e.g. stakeholders who have taken LCD as BAU)
  • Questions

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar delivery is dependent on number of registrants. If we do not reach the minumum required registrants, we will notify you no less than four days before the scheduled delivery date. 

Details

Time: 1pm – 2pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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Register Here

eToolLCD Training

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, please register for the free training and we will approve your registration.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

Register Interest Here

*Before registering for this event you must choose a subscription plan. Once you have done this or if you are already a subscriber please register for free training and we will approve your registration.

{UK} Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings and eToolLCD

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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{UK} Webinar: Intro to LCD of Buildings and eToolLCD

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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{Australia} Using Life Cycle Design in Planning Policies

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. LCD offers a integrated design approach to building and gives developers the freedom to incorporate new design elements in their projects moving forward. This presentation and discussion will provide an overview of LCD and look at examples of councils who have integrated LCD into their planning policies as well as developers who have opted for LCD methodology.

This presentation and discussion will be structured as follows:

    • Overview of Life Cycle Design
    • How LCD can be used to define sustainability in buildings
    • Benefits of performance-based ratings over prescriptive
    • Case study examples of councils who’ve integrated LCD into their policies
    • Questions and discussion

For those located outside of Perth, the discussion will also be hosted in a webinar format, so please feel free to join in!

Details

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm AWST (Australian Western Standard Time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a GoToMeeting login

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça, eTool Business Development Manager WA

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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Services Using Life Cycle Design

This one-hour presentation is eligible for 1 GBCA CPD point.

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Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Regional Business Development Manager

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 Description

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.

In this one hour webinar eTool LCD Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonça will provide an overview of Life Cycle Design and explain five ways to add value to your services using LCD. Participants will learn from real life examples how it has been incorporated in different sectors and how key stakeholders have taken it on board.

Some of the topics that will be 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
  • Marketing and sales campaign
  • eToolLCD software & services

“Life cycle assessment is not a fad, and will increasingly be understood as a smart business decision within a sustainable business model,” said Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA

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Marketing & Selling Sustainability

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Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm AWST (Perth-time)

Webinar: Attendees will be sent a unique GoTo Webinar link upon registration

Cost: Free

Presenter: Henrique Mendonça – LCD Engineer & Business Development Manager

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 Description

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.

Join eTool LCD Engineer and Business Development Manager Henrique Mendonca for this one-off webinar where he will explore the best sales and marketing strategies for selling sustainable buildings.

This one hour session will provide a generic introduction into marketing and sales of sustainable buildings with strategies and mechanisms for your team to capitalise on the true potential. We will include generic eTool marketing reports and go explore a summary list of project specific sales and marketing messages and strategies.

 

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[UK] Intro to LCD of Buildings and eToolLCD

eToolLCD is about to achieve compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and potentially 3 management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Currently, users can already award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International and 3 in LEED through life cycle assessment.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes. Learn more about UK rating schemes and eTool here >>

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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How does eToolLCD calculate the burdens and benefits associated with recycling?

eToolLCD follows the EN15978 standard for calculating recycling burdens and benefits.  What this means in simple terms is:

If the building designer is hoping to understand the net benefits associated with recycled content in buildings products used for construction and refurbishment, they should report Modules A-C inclusive.  In other words, reporting Modules A-C rewards the use of recycled content in new products.

If the building designer is hoping to understand the net benefits associated with recycling rates in the waste streams from refurbishment and demolition at the end of a products life they should report Modules A-D inclusive.  In other words, reporting Modules A-D rewards design for deconstruction (high recycling rates in the waste stream).

The methodology that drive this approach is that only the net outflow of a product is considered in Module D.  So if a material used in the buildings has a very high recycled content (when new) but a lower recycling recovery rate (in the waste stream) there will be negative net flow of material for secondary use from the system and a burden will be applied in Module D.  If on the other hand a product has a low recycled content and a high recovery rate there will be a large positive net outflow of material for secondary use and a benefit will be applied in Module D.

Closed Loop Recycling

The figure below demonstrates how impact calculations are made for the different life cycle phases. In this example, the material is made up of 40% recycled content and 60% primary production content. The impacts associated with primary production are 10units. The impacts associated with secondary production are 2 units. Based on these parameters, the calculation for Module A1-A3 is:

A1-A3 = Primary Impact x Primary Content (%) + Secondary Impact x Secondary Content (%)

A1-A3 = 10 x 0.6 + 2 x 0.4

A1-A3 = 6.8

At the end of the building life, 10% of the material is lost to landfill due to collection losses, corrosion, materials embedded within waste etc. 90% of the material hence flows through to secondary production. In EN15978, a benefit of only 50% of the total material input (not 90%) is claimed in Module D because of the original material contained 40% recycled content. So the net benefit calculated in module D is:

D = (Recycling Rate – Secondary Content) x (Secondary Impact – Primary Impact)

D = (0.9 – 0.4) x (2 – 10)

D = 4

Although this method means that the values of A1-3 and D will change depending on both recycled content and end of life recycling rate, the net impact (A1-3 + D) is entirely dependent on end of life recycling rate. If a study excludes reporting of Module D, the recycling allocation approach matches that of a recycled content allocation (100%,0%) and if Module D is included, it matches that of an end of life recycling rate allocation (0%,100%). In other words, the design for recovery and reuse methodology is supported in determining net impacts due to recycled content and recycling rates. A similar example is given in the Product Category Rules for Aluminium Products (European Aluminium Association 2013).

Closed Loop Recycling

Open Loop Recycling

Materials that are recovered for downstream use in other materials re-entering the economy need special treatment to differentiate where impacts and benefits will be allocated. Examples include:

  • Brick waste that is crushed and used in road base
  • Concrete waste that is crushed and used in road base
  • Plastics that are down cycled into less pure products
  • Glass that is crushed and used as aggregate

These materials do offset the use of primary materials and hence can have net benefits on the environment where recovery makes sense. As the materials they are replacing often have very low primary impacts anyway (eg road base), the benefits can be marginal and may depend largely on transportation distances.

Economic allocation is used to differentiate where benefits and loads should be accounted for. If a material is a genuine waste at the end of the building life cycle (negative value or zero value) then at this point no benefits can be claimed for this building, and the next building (recovered materials used in place of primary materials) will claim the benefit in modules A1-3. If the material has value at the end of the building life, the net benefits of recovery and primary material offsetting can be claimed in module D.

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LCD of Buildings: An Introduction & Application in BREEAM

eToolLCD has achieved compliance with BRE IMPACT standards and is the only web-based Life Cycle Assessment of buildings software to do so thus far. Users of eToolLCD will be able to be awarded two innovation credits (and assist with the 3 LCC management credits) in BREEAM New Construction. Users can also award up to 6 credits in BREEAM International, Breeam Refurbishment and Fit-out and 3 in LEED.

eTool LCD Engineer Pat Hermon will be hosting this free one-hour webinar that will cover the basics of LCA, the eToolLCD software, and how it applies within BREEAM and other UK rating schemes.

Agenda

  • Context – Why do we need Life Cycle Design (LCD)?
  • What is Life Cycle Design? –  Overview & general principles
  • Using LCD in environmental assessments (LEED, BREEAM International, etc.)
  • Modelling in eToolLCD & software demonstration
  • Working with eTool as software providers or as on the job consultants

Details

Cost: Free
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (London-time)
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Presenter: Pat Hermon, eTool LCD Engineer & UK Business Development Manager

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eToolLCD Advanced Training – UK

We offer three types of LCA training courses to best suit your needs and desired level of knowledge.

  1. eToolLCD Introductory (2 hours) (Subscription: Freelancer, Consultant or Specialist)
  2. eToolLCD Advanced (2 half days)  (Subscription: Consultant or Specialist)
  3. eToolLCD Specialist (3 half days) (Subscription Requirement: Specialist Only)
Course Overview
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software. Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. Ongoing support will be provided through your project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this “certified” project, you will be awarded an “eToolLCD Consultant” accreditation.
Your certified models can be used to award 2 BREEAM Innovation credits in LCA and 3 LEED points.  Outputs from the models can also be used to assist with the 3 Life Cycle Costing (Man 05) credits.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription.
Learn about subscription packages and sign up here >>
Prerequisites: 
None
Attendance:  
Either in person at our Brighton office or online via webinar
Address: eTool Office Brighton, Brighton Junction, 1a Isetta Square, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GQ

Day 1:  9am-2pm, Day 2: 9am-12pm
Your trainer: 
Pat Hermon

Pat is a sustainability consultant who specialises in energy efficiency, sustainable construction, renewable technologies and environmental assessment. Pat is fluent in interpreting numerous environmental standards thanks to over 6 years of experience with engineering consultancies in the UK and Perth.Pat is dedicated to sustainability and traces his green roots back to growing up beside a loch in rural Scotland. After spending a few years in Perth, Australia soaking up the sunshine and windsurfing on the coast, he moved back to the UK and now runs the eTool UK office.

eToolLCD Training

eToolLCD Training, In Person at the eTool Office, Perth & Online via Webinar

1 – Choose your subscription plan
  • Freelancer: eToolLCD introduction – one half-day only
  • Consultant, Researcher, Specialist: eToolLCD Advanced training – two half-days
2 – After your subscription is confirmed, you will receive a promotional code to register for free training.

Course Overview

Available for eToolLCD “Consultant” or “Specialist” subscribers.
This course, which takes place over two half days, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as well as a basic understanding of how to conduct a whole building life cycle assessment using the eToolLCD software. You will be guided through your own practice project through to “certification” level to ensure a full understanding of the concepts and software.  Upon completion of eToolLCD Advanced LCA training, you will have first hand experience conducting an LCA as well as an overall understanding of life cycle assessment of the built form. You will also be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of training (if exam is passed). Ongoing support will be provided through your next project as required, at mutually agreeable times, to get your project to “certification” level. Upon completion of this second “certified” project you will gain Recognised User status.
 
Cost: Free with Consultant or Specialist subscription. Learn about subscription packages.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Perth, Western Australia & Webinar format
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm AWST (Perth-time) both days
Your trainer: Richard Haynes
 

Rich Jan 13Richard is co-founder of eTool and is a resource engineer with over 12 years experience in operations, project management, consulting and software design. He has been the driving force behind eToolLCD’s software development and is an expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the built environment. Richard has also presented on embodied energy and zero carbon buildings in relation to LCA at multiple conferences and events.

 

8 GBCA CPD Points are available upon completion of this training.

 

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How much CO2 is the built environment responsible for?

A number of sources are now confirming the huge impact of buildings on the environment.
When both embodied and operational emissions are accounted for, most estimates seem to fall between 30 and 40%, although some studies indicate it is even higher.

“Worldwide, 30-40% of all primary energy is used in buildings.” United Nations Environmental Program, 2007

“The commercial and residential building sector accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States.” United States Green Building Council, 2009

“According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), nearly half (46.7%) of all CO2 emissions in 2009 came from the Building Sector.” Architecture 2030, 2011

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How is eToolLCD and Life Cycle Assessment different from other energy and carbon assessment tools?

eTool uses a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method to include both the “Embodied Energy” and the “Operational Energy” over the total design life of the building or development.
Most other assessment tools only assess the operational aspects and hence miss half of the equation when it comes to quantifying the total energy and carbon footprint of a design.
Further to that eToolLCD is web based, free and very user friendly. This enables us to ensure LCA becomes a standard design philosophy for the built form.

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What is Life Cycle Assessment or “LCA”?

LCA is an accounting method that assesses each and every impact associated with all stages of a product or process over its life span. The approach is sometimes referred to as a “Cradle to Cradle” assessment if it accounts for full recycling at the end of the products design life or just “Cradle to Grave” if it takes the product through to disposal only.

For more details please download our paper on the science of LCA in the built form here.

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Who certifies eToolLCD?

Please click here for a very detailed answer.

Posted in: eToolLCD Software

What is the difference between an “Assessment” and a “Certification”?

An “Assessment” is where you supply the design details and we do all the work to provide you with a report, recommendations and ultimately a “Certification”.

A “Certification” is where you use the eToolLCD yourself to conduct your own “Assessment”.
Once you are finished we just check through your work to ensure it meets the basic assessment criteria, then we certify it and supply the associated “Certification” documents.

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How does LCA relate to the built environment in regards to energy and carbon?

LCA of the built form involves quantifying the total “Embodied Energy” and the “Operational Energy” over the entire design life of the building (click here to see LCA graphic). Energy can then be converted in CO2e using applicable coefficients relevant to the primary energy source and efficiency.

For more details please download our paper on the science of LCA in the built form here.

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What does “Embodied Energy” mean in reference to the built environment?

Embodied Energy refers to the energy and/or carbon required to construct and maintain a building over its entire design life (click here to see LCA graphic).
Embodied Energy can be broken down into the following components:

  • Materials – Energy used to extract the raw materials and process them into useable building products available at the gate of the factory (“Cradle to Gate”).
  • Transport – Energy used to transport the building materials from the factory gate to the building site.
  • Assembly – Energy used to construct and create the building.
  • Recurring – Energy used to maintain and replace certain building elements over the entire life span of the building.
  • Demolition and Recycling – Energy used to demolish and recycle the building and feed the resultant materials back into the building materials “food chain”.

For more details please download our paper on the science of LCA in the built form here.

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Estimated time to certify an EN15978 compliant LCA model and report

The normal steps in the certification / review process are listed below:
  1. Submit model/s for certification
  2. QA / QC Checks on eToolLCD model/s (eTool)
  3. Complete / update eToolLCD model/s
  4. eToolLCD model/s certified in the software (eTool)
  5. Complete EN15978 report (from eTool templates at present but moving to software in the near future) and submit to eTool for third party review
  6. Third party review round 1 feedback (eTool)
  7. Update EN15978 compliant report and respond to round 1 feedback
  8. Third Party review round 2 feedback (eTool)
  9. Update EN15978 compliant report and respond to round 1 feedback
  10. Finalise Third Party review (eTool)
Time frames for this process range from 5 days to many weeks depending on how well developed the LCA model is, how quickly the software user is able to respond to queries and how much time is taken to complete/update the LCA report.

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How does eTool “certify” my eToolLCD model?

eTool have an internal procedure for certifying designs that evolves with our software and our experience.  Essentially we check the users inputs to ensure that the LCA model complies with the system boundary, scope, and accuracy requirements.  We have a mix of automatic reports and manual processes that we run through to check the users inputs.  We also compare the project to similar projects in the growing eToolLCD database which provides a good ‘sense check’ on not only the over-all result but also individual elements in the building.

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Why do we “certify” eToolLCD user’s inputs?

There’s a host of reasons why we certify users designs, here’s a few:

  • From day one eTool recognised the importance of comparable and accurate results flowing from our software.  By checking users’s inputs eTool can ensure comparability.
  • Industry is renowned for criticising software, and software companies are renowned for pointing the finger at user’s inputs (garbage in garbage out).  We wanted a different relationship between users and eToolLCD where there was no need for finger pointing
  • ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards for LCA call for all studies to be verified by a third party, it made sense for us to offer this service as we understand the inner workings of the software which is important for an LCA verification.
  • It provided us with a revenue model that didn’t require large upfront fees, and this allows the proliferation of affordable LCAs, and lower impact buildings (project budget is no longer a key factor in commissioning an LCA)

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What does “Operational Energy” mean in reference to the built environment?

The “Operational Energy” is the amount of energy required to run the building over its design life and includes appliances such as Air-Conditioners, Hot Water systems, Refridgeration and Lighting.

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If access to eToolLCD software is free how do you expect to generate revenue?

Our primary aim is to make LCA philosophy a standard component to all design processes.
In order to achieve this the software had to be extremely accessible and hence the decision to make it free. We do understand that in order to achieve our primary aim we also need to generate revenue to advance and improve the software; as a result our current revenue streams are based on the following components:

  • Assessments: We offer the service of completing an assessment for people who don’t have the time or desire to use the software themselves. These assessments are charged at a rate that covers our time and work required for eTool to gather the data from your design and conduct the assessment. The service also comes with standard recommendations that allow you to improve your designs.
  • Certifications: We ask that anyone who uses the software for commercial gain (please see our software “Terms and Conditions” when you first register for use) to “certify” their designs. Essentially this is a service where we will check your assessment to ensure it has been completed correctly and present you with a report and certificate that allows you to publish your results to clients.
    If you choose not to certify you cannot in any form claim reference to eTool software outputs.

We feel that through the above revenue streams we will be able to continue to support and develop our software while ensuring it remains as accessible as possible to the greatest number of users.

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How much “Embodied Energy” is there in an “average” building?

As there are limited numbers of LCA’s of buildings completed in Australia, the sample group is too small to quote what an “average” might be. However after conducting numerous LCA’s on “benchmark” or “standard” Australian residential designs we have found that “Embodied Energy” is responsible for approximately 35% of the a buildings carbon footprint.

As we rapidly populate our database of designs globally we will be better positioned to provide more accurate statistics on “average” values. To put this in perspective, in Australia air conditioning is responsible for approximately 23% of the buildings total carbon footrpint over its design life. With “Embodied Energy” at 35% we feel that it is imperative that the use of eTool and LCA compliment the legislated design requirements for the thermal performance of buildings in Australia.

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eTool LCA Medals Explained

eTool thoroughly believes in the science of LCA and is committed to following international standards for reporting results. We also recognise that many people are more inclined to concise information summaries in the format of certificates or ratings. For this reason we developed a rating system that summarises the LCA performance of your building and chose a medal system to reward best practice design.
True to LCA standards, we measure the performance of buildings against a benchmark, and the medals are awarded according to the carbon emissions reduction for the improved designs. Our benchmarks are “average” buildings of like utility, in a similar climate zone to the building being assessed. For example, if assessing a new home, we will choose a residential benchmark in the same climatic zone as the building being assessed.

The all important functional units then come into play to allow fair comparison between building life spans and size. For example, a residential buliding will have its carbon emissions reduction measured per year per occupant, where as a commercial building will be measured per year per square meter. Longer design lives and increased functionality are therefore rewarded in eTool ratings.

The ratings system is summarised below:

Bronze MedalSaving of up to 30% equivalent green house gas emissions measured in mass of CO2 equivalent measured against the applicable benchmark
Silver Medal30 to 60% Saving
Gold Medal60 to 90% Saving
Platinum MedalMore than 90% Saving. In addition, to receiving an overall platinum rating, a gold medal must be achieved in both operational and embodied carbon.

Getting an overall platinum medal is a very difficult feat. This is due to the difficulty in significantly reducing your embodied impacts. Our lifestyles have become so accustomed to externalising environmental damage through the indirect use of cheap fossil fuel energy, we rarely spare a thought for the impact of our expenditure on goods, even if we are quite conscious of our home or transport related energy use.

To date, eTool has only awarded one overall platinum medal for a building project. In this case, they were able to achieve the result by preserving the majority of the structure, it was a residential renovation with extension. Other methods of achieving low embodied impacts include:

  • Extending design life or functionality
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Re-use of materials
  • Low carbon materials

For more detail on low carbon design principles, consider an eTool training session which we are now running online.

Please contact us for more information.

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How can LCA compare different types of buildings?

eTool have “Benchmark” buildings for different primary building uses.  Benchmarks are a weighted average calculation of embodied and operational carbon for the new buildings of that primary purpose.  For example, our residential benchmark reflects the new residential dwelling mix in Australia.  That is, we’ve looked at the national Australian Bureau of Statistics data for new dwellings, determined the mix of low, medium and high density buildings, established a weighted average size of dwelling and then determined the embodied carbon of that size of dwelling.  We have then profiled average energy consumption for new homes, adjusted for the climate region (which affects the thermal performance component).  We have ensured that all energy consumption stats are calculated on building code compliant structural, design and energy efficiency measures.  This gives us a measuring stick against which all new residential premises can be compared, our “Benchmark”.  Ideally we want to reduce the impact in comparison to this “average” for new dwellings.

The obvious question regarding the above approach is that we’re not comparing like for like. For example, how can we compare a detached house to a multistory residential apartment block?.  By using a functional unit of “impacts / occupant / year” we are normalising results to allow comparisons despite wildly varying building sizes, styles, densities etc.  Without the functional unit the eTool benchmark buildings would be useless to compare against.  The power of the functional unit is that it enables all buildings to be compared, thereby the advantages (or otherwise) of totally different housing approaches can be assessed against the “business as usual” approach.

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eTool LCA Certificate Explained

Please click here for a detailed overview of the eTool LCA certificate.

Posted in: General

LCA v LCCA

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is covered by ISO 14040 and 14044; it is a method of assessing the environmental impacts of a product or service. LCCA (Life Cycle Cost Assessment) is covered by ISO 15686 – 5 and gives guidelines for performing life cycle cost analysis of buildings and constructed assets.
eToolLCD has been developed to meet LCA standards, and although is a very useful tool for life cycle cost assessments, the standard reports generated by eToolLCD don’t necessarily meet ISO 15686 – 5 (LCCA).  Neither of these standards are particularly well known and we have been providing both services to clients in the past to their satisfaction.

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Do you account for building design life?

Absolutely, design life is a critical component of good LCA performance.  The studies suggest that for buildings, the actual service life is dictated by redevelopment pressure, not durability.  If it’s a detached residential building in a high density area it is likely to be subject to very high redevelopment pressure in the not to distant future.  If however a building is very high density, or in a very low density area it’s not going to be under nearly the same pressure for redevelopment.  Further to this, by applying good future proofing design principles and superior design quality, design life may also be extended.  In determining the environmental impacts of a building design life and functionality can be the biggest determinants.

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How is the benchmark building created? Who manages this, and how do you stop people from manipulating the benchmark buildings?

eTool model the benchmark buildings based on a weighted average building density, size and functionality of new stock for the type of building undergoing the LCA.  In essence, the benchmark is a nominal statistical average of buildings that provide the same function.  For example, for residential buildings, we look at the weighted mix of existing housing stock, the size and occupancy.  From there we make adjustments to ensure modern day code compliance.  The benchmarks have to be specific for each region to account for building codes and climate variables  For example, there are major differences between a code compliant building in the US verse Australia.  Our current published benchmarks are all Australian buildings at present but we’re extending the library internationally as we speak.  eTool create and manage all the benchmarks, it’s not a user defined thing and therefore all LCAs conducted in eTool are comparable for a particular building type in a particular region.

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Which materials should we shift away from and what should we stick with to get a better LCA result?

It’s really dependant on the building.  Sometimes it actually makes sense to use high embodied impact materials because they provide durability, but this is only justified in buildings that are likely to still be standing in 100 years or more.  It also depends on the interaction between thermal performance and the materials.  There’s often a few iterations involved to perfect the mix.  General rules of thumb though would be, for buildings with a short expected life span, light frame construction is preferable, for buildings with a long life span, the focus often has to be on reducing recurring impacts from maintenance activities (paint, carpets, plasterboard etc).  Natural finishes are a good way of combatting this.

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What are the Goals of eToolLCD?

The goals of an eTool LCA are to:

  • Quantify the environmental impacts of the clients design (normal eTool assessments pay particular attention to CO2 equivalent emissions, CO2e)
  • Compare these impacts against a typical ‘business as usual’ benchmark
  • Provide recommendations that will ideally reduce the total impacts of the building
  • Conduct this in a cost effective, auditable and repeatable manner

A typical eTool assessment allows reporting of numerous impacts:

  • Global Warming Potential
  • Primary Energy
  • Water Use
  • Land Use
  • Costs

Most commonly however we only report on Global Warming Potential.

It is the goal of eTool to estimate impacts with enough accuracy to compare different design options. The aim is to be vaguely right not precisely wrong. Estimating impacts to high levels of confidence requires detailed resources. In the case of buildings, this will usually be overshadowed by the influence of occupant behavior on operational impacts, or the actual building life that will deviate significantly from that estimated in this assessment. The assessment does not attempt to predict the affects of future changes to:

  • Grid Power Sources (which hopefully by the time this building is actually nearing it’s design life will be predominantly renewable) Inflation of building materials (for maintenance), labour costs or energy costs
  • The assessment therefore represents a snapshot in time, all else being equal, of the building performance.

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What Functional Units does eToolLCD use?

In order to normalise assessments between building types the environmental and cost impacts are expressed in terms of an applicable functional unit.  Typically eTool uses the following functional units for different project types:

  • Commercial Office: Impacts are either measured:
      • Per Occupant Hour
      • Per m2 per year
  • Residential buildings: Impacts measured per occupant per year
  • Community, healthcare, retail: Impacts are either measured:
      • Per Occupant Hour
      • Per m2 per year
  • Industrial buildings: Impacts measured per m2 per year

All the functional units rely on a prediction of design life, which has a very large effect on their comparable sustainability. Although difficult to predict, eTool uses a methodology aimed at producing fair and repeatable comparisons between building designs. Individual building life spans will deviate significantly from the design lives calculated using this methodology, however the aim is to predict the mean expected life of all buildings with similar characteristics and circumstances.

Although studies that quantify the actual life span of buildings are lacking, the reasons for demolition of buildings are quite well documented. Studies conducted in Australia (Kapambwe, Ximenes, F, Vinden, & Keenan, 2009) and the US (Athena Institute, 2004) indicate that less than 10% of buildings are demolished due to reaching the end of their strutural service life. It is other factors that usually dictate service life, namely:

  • Redevelopment for economic reasons (surrounding land has increased in value to the extent that it is more profitable to increase the density or use of the buliding)
  • Redevelopment for aesthetic reasons (the building is no longer in fasion)
  • Fire or other disaster

For this reason the following characteristics are also considered when estimating design life:

  • Building density
  • Density of the surrounding suburb
  • Design quality

Best practice building design attempts to match the durability with the redevelopment potential of the building.

The eTool estimated design lives often differ compared to industry perceptions of building life span. Architects in Australia for example expect detached residential buildings to last over 60 years (Kapambwe, Ximenes, F, Vinden, & Keenan, 2009).

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What are the System Boundaries of eToolLCD?

The current eToolLCD scope is shown in the below diagram.  Although broad, the omission of demolition and recycling impacts must be noted as this has potential to be significant in an unbounded LCA.  eTool is working now to include demolition, disposal and recycling and as credible data becomes available this will be built into subsequent versions of eToolLCD..  The eTool database does however store an estimated percentage of recyclable materials used in the construction of the building which can be reported on separately. Please contact us for more information.

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Do we use the BP LCI database for materials?

Not at this stage. The BP LCI Data is unfortunately “Gate to Gate” data which does not account for the impact of the input of materials to the manufacturing process. The BP LCI team acknowledge this shortcoming and hope to expand their assessment boundary to include cradle to gate impacts.

In the meantime eToolLCD uses international LCI data. We hope to incorporate the BP LCI in one form or another as soon as the data provides cradle to gate, weighted and normalised LCA data.

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How secure is eToolLCD software?

Website
The eTool website itself is built using Microsoft’s latest and most secure web technology ASP.NET MVC.  It leverages the ASP.NET Forms Authentication library to provide the highest level of security to users accounts and their content.  Users are required to use a combination of email address and password to gain access to their eTool workspace.  Passwords must meet minimum complexity requirements and we follow industry best practice by not storing users passwords but rather salted hashes.

Servers
All of eTool’s services are built on top of very secure foundations. Using Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to host eToolLCD ensures a high level of security and protection against malicious attacks at the infrastructure level. Amazon have stringent controls, policies, procedures, hardware standards and robust systems that meet or exceed the CESG cloud computing principles as far as the data centre responsibilities are concerned.

Backup Strategy
eToolLCD uses one back-end MYSQL database to store all data hosted by Amazon Web Services. The only separation of data involves documents uploaded by users which are stored on a separate “S3 Bucket” that is called by the application when documents are to be retrieved. The application and database share the same instance. We deploy redundant servers, daily backups and an additional level of backup for disaster recovery. In the event of an outage on a server, we will continue to work on the redundant copies. In the eventuality of a large scale event, we can recover within 10 minutes using the daily backups or within 2 hours using the disaster backups. The whole instance is backed up at 3 hourly intervals with the backups stored using the following schedule:

1. 3 Hourly backups stored for 24 hours
2. Daily backups stored for 7 days
3. Weekly Backups stored for 2 months
4. Quarterly backups stored indefinitely

Skeddly (skeddly.com) service is used to backup the AWS instances. In all, eight separate scheduled actions are set up in Skeddly to achieve the above backup schedule and history. The actions are a combination of “Create Snapshot” and “Delete Snapshot” actions (the delete actions are filtered to ensure preservation of historical backups). At daily intervals snapshots are also copied by the Skeddly service to another region (that is from Singapore to Sydney data centre) to ensure a catastrophic event at the Singapore data centre will not compromise Disaster Recovery efforts.

Alert Communication
AWS Cloudwatch alarms have been set up to alert key eTool staff when the eToolLCD server does not pass a status check. The alerts have been set up for hourly intervals. This ensures that eTool staff will become aware of the issue within an hour of the fault if they haven‟t already been alerted by users.

Disaster Recovery
eTool have a disaster recovery and business continuity strategy that enables very fast full recovery to production. eTool’s disaster recovery strategy has the following objectives which have been successfully tested in simulated catastrophic failure events:
• Recovery Point Objective: Maximum of 3 hours
• Recovery Time Objective: Maximum of 4 hours including:
o Communication: Maximum of 1 hour
o Implementation of DR procedure: Maximum of 2 hours

The essential elements of the DR plan are:

• Communication: Automated communicate to key eTool staff if eToolLCD server fails any status checks
• Pre-prepared reboot instances with the operating system etc installed and ready to boot across multiple regions
• Procedure for creating a new volume from the backups snapshots, and attaching this volume to the pre-prepared reboot instance.
• Post recovery procedure to ensure subsequent failure can be managed in the same fashion and that the root cause of the issue (if internal) is established and re-occurrence prevented.
• Bi-annual simulation of DR event, including full disaster recovery test.

eTool have simulated data recovery incidents and have been able to restore the application to the last backup within 20 minutes of being alerted to the failure.

Continuity
eTool maintains an excellent track record when it comes to software delivery. Unplanned maintenance at eTool has been limited to two occurrences, of approximately 4 and 2 hours respectively, in the five years since eToolLCD has been live. This represents an availability of 99.986% of total calendar hours (incidentally, both of these events happened outside of UK business hours).
eToolLCD updates are conducted on 2-4 week intervals and are scheduled for shoulder periods when user activity is minimal, being a system that is used globally this does present some challenges. The normal update window is 20 minutes. When the application is down for such maintenance a clone is made available in case users are in the middle of a demonstration.

Etool support services are committed to resolving critical support tickets within 4 hours. A critical ticket is defined as one in which an organisation or group of users cannot work and are relying on eToolLCD to achieve a deadline or a process is affected and users cannot perform certain functions.

Etool maintains a business continuity plan which is updated regularly a copy can be provided on request

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Has eToolLCD been independently verified?

Please click here for a detailed answer.

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How do I learn to use eToolLCD software?

The demand for LCA of the built form is growing rapidly. To ensure we can maximise our current available resources to help accelerate LCD we  encourage you to use our online help videos to learn the basics of eTool.

Of course, face to face training is the best way to learn, and we offer a range of subscription packages. Please register your interest here for the next training session in your nearest capital city.

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How do I use the eToolLCD Expressions?

eToolLCD V2 introduced some pretty neat functionality that allows users to enter formulas or expressions into some fields.  This is particularly useful for building operational energy templates, for example, based on building size or occupancy.  We have used a third party calculation library to enable this functionality, the list of available operators and functions is available here.

We also have a number of variables that relate to the design that can be used in expressions.  The list of these is provided below (with default values that are used in library template calculations before loading into a design):

Name

Property

 Default Value 

OccupancyOccupancy of the structure2
Fully Enclosed Building AreaFully enclosed building area of the design225
Estimated Design LifeEstimated design life of the structure50
Maximum Durability CeilingThe maximum structural life of the structure150
Design Template QuantityThe template quantity field that is filled out when uploading a template into a design100

 

This functionality has dramatically improved the ease at which we can predict operational energy in designs and we’re enjoying using it here at eTool.  We will be adding more stored variables as time passes, watch this space.  To learn how to utilise this functionality, please get in touch for some training

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How Does eTool Define Building Areas?

The following table shoes how eTool will be soon defining areas within the software (if not already!):

Australian Construction Handbook Definitions (Rawlinsons)Simplified eTool NotesUK Equivalent
TermAbbreviationDescription
Gross Floor Area GLAThe sum of the Fully Enclosed Covered Area and Unenclosed Covered Area as defined.No ChangeGross External Area
Fully Enclosed Covered AreaFECAThe sum of all such areas at all building floor levels, including basements (except unexcavated portions), floored roof spaces and attics, garages, penthouses, enclosed porches and attached enclosed covered ways alongside buildings, computed by measuring from the normal inside face of exterior walls but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers, and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers, and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls.  It shall not include open courts, light wells, connecting or isolated covered ways and net open areas of upper portions of rooms, lobbies, halls, interstitial spaces and the like, which extend through the storey being computed.As for Rawlinsons but projectiosn are generally included in the measurement and measurement may be from the outside, centre or inside of external walls depending on the models and plans used to develop the inventoryGross Internal Area
Unenclosed Covered AreaUCAThe sum of all such area at all building floor levels, including roofed balconies, open verandahs, porches, porticos, attached open covered ways alongside buildings, undercrofts and useable space under buildings, unenclosed access galleries (including ground floor) and any other trafficable covered areas of the building which are not totally enclosed by full height walls, computed my measuring the area between the enclosing walls or balustrade (i.e. from the inside face of the UCA. excluding the wall or balustrade thickness).  When measurements shall be taken to the edge of the paving or to the edge of the cover, whichever is the lesser.  UCA shall not include eves, overhangs, sun shading, awnings and the like where these do not relate to clearly defined trafficable covered areas, nor shall if include connecting or isolated covered ways.As for Rawlinsons but area of balustrades is generally included and measurement may be from the outside, centre or inside of external walls depending on the models and plans used to develop the inventory
Building AreaBAThe total enclosed and unenclosed area of the building at all building floor levels measured between the normal outside face of any enclosing walls, balustrades and supports.No Change
Usable Floor AreaUFAThe sum of the floor areas measured at floor level from the general inside face of walls and all interior spaces related to the primary function of the building.  This will normally be computed by calculating the Fully Enclosed Covered Floor Area (FECA) and deducting all the following areas supplementary to the primary building function:
– Common Use Areas: All floored areas in the building for the circulation and standard facilities provided for the common use of occupiers, tenants and / or the public such as lobbies and foyers to entrances, lifts, landings, and fire escapes, verandahs and balconies, corridors and passages, toilet and rest room areas, cloak and locker areas, cleaners rooms including stores and cupboards, tea making and similar amenities.
– Service Areas: All areas set aside for the building plant supplying services and facilities common to the building for the use of occupants, tenants, and / or the public such as mechanical plant and equipment rooms, electrical equipment and switch rooms, tank rooms, lift motor rooms, meter cupboards, telecommunication switch rooms, refuse collection areas, loading bays and all car parks including access ways thereto.
– Non Habitable Areas: All non-habitable building space such as that occupied by internal columns and other structural supports, internal walls and permanent partitions, lift shafts, service ducts and the like.
As for Rawlinsons but will generally include non habital areas.Net Internal Area
Treated AreaTAThe sum of all areas at all building levels to which a particular engineering services is provided.  The area is computed by measuring from the normal inside f ace of exterior walls, but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers, and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls, to the center line of internal walls, as applicable, which enclose the area treated.   NOTE:  Treated area may need to be calculated separately for each engineering service.  The treated area to such services as space heating, ventilation, evaporative cooling and air-conditioning should include all areas to which the treated air is supplied.  The treated areas for fire protection comprises the sum of protected floor space, the area of protected ceiling spaces and the area of protected under floor spaces.As for Rawlinsons, generally only appried to “Conditioned Area”
Net Lettable Area, Office BuildingsNLAThe sum of all lettable areas within a commercial type office building, measured from the internal finished surfaces of permanent walls and from the internal finished surfaces of dominant portions of the permanent outer building walls, and including the area occupied by structural columns, and engaged perimeter columns, all in accordance with the Method for the Measurement for Lettable Area issued by the Property Council of Australia.  Deductions from NLA:
– All stairs, toilets, cleaners cupboards, lift shafts, escalators, and tea rooms where provided as standard facilities in the building.
– Lobbies between lifts facing other lifts serving the same floor
– Areas set aside as public space or thoroughfares and not used exclusively by occupiers of the building (NOTE: Excludes any additional common areas resulting from subdivision of a whole floor to accommodate more than one tenant)
– Areas set aside as plant and lift motor rooms of for the provision of facilities or services to the building and not for the exclusive use of an occupier or occupiers of the building
– Areas set aside for use by service vehicles and for delivery of goods and access ways thereto
– Areas set aside for car parking and access thereto
– Areas where clear height is less than 1.5m
As for Rawlinsons but will generally include non habital areas.

 

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