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Big News for Low Carbon Infrastructure

eTool achieved an IMPORTANT MILESTONE in March 2022 and we’d like to share some GOOD news with you:

Approval of eToolLCD by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

eToolLCD (v18) has received official ISC Approval as ‘equivalent’ to the Infrastructure Sustainability Materials Calculator (ISMC v2.0.08) when configured in-line with the processes detailed in the ‘Equivalence Procedure’. eToolLCD can be used to conduct the Materials lifecycle impact measurement and reduction credit (RSO-6) within an applicable IS Rating submission.
eTool Product Team produced the Alignment Report and the ISC Equivalence Procedure which were reviewed and validated by the ISC Technical Advisors to ensure a robust comparison at an asset and material level (GWP and EnviroPoints) as well as functionality aspects.
eToolLCD provides additional processes enabling users to model and optioneer with greater accuracy and explore more low impact design options. eToolLCD was recognised for having a rich feature set to speed up the modelling process and allow integration with BIM / LCC.

This is very exciting because now ISC projects in Australia can complete an LCA and report on the RSO-6 credit and it’s a great time saving bonus to have.

 

If you are working on a ISC project, check this Guidance out and learn how to conduct an LCA for RSO-6 credit in eToolLCD.

 

Access free eToolLCD infrastructure training HERE.

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We are here for you.

 

Top 10 LCA modelling tips for eToolLCD users for the New ‘Green Star Buildings’ rating

New Green Star Buildings rating was launched in 2020. It is exciting to see the transition in Australia towards more sustainable buildings and stricter carbon reduction targets within the new GBCA rating scheme.

During the webinar (watch our webinar here) we explained in detail which credits of the new rating can be tackled with the software eToolLCD. You can find our support article that talks about credits here:

  • Credit 21 – Upfront Carbon Emissions (up to 6 points)
  • Credit 24 – Other Carbon Emissions (up to 4 points)
  • Credit 26 – Life Cycle Impacts (up to 2 points)

Top 10 tips for eToolLCD users:

  1. Learn to extract data for credits 21, 24 and 26 from the same LCA model
  2. Credit 21: Use ‘Demolition’ templates from eTool’s library to estimate Demolition works for Credit 21 (Webinar minute 27:00)
  3. Credit 21: Be aware of different requirements for accounting for carbon sequestration when using timber products from scope A1-A5 and from scope A-D (Webinar minute 19:40)
  4. Credit 21: Unleash more options to reduce Upfront Carbon from optimising Transport (A4) or Construction processes (A5) (Webinar minute 24:00)
  5. Credit 21: Try different EPDs to get a better Upfront Carbon reduction
  6. Credit 24: Use LCA model to Optimise Credit 24 and emissions from refrigerant gases and other emissions (Webinar minute 29:50)
  7. Credit 24: Optimise other emissions from module B (Webinar minute 32:40)
  8. Credit 26: Explaining how to conduct an LCA for the new rating (Webinar minute 37:10)
  9. Credit 26: Use eToolLCD decarbonisation grid scenario 2050 (40:20)
  10. To automate data import from eTool into GBCA calculators, please vote on this feature request. We have many feature requests and have to prioritise. 🙂 The rule is that when it gets 20 votes, we will start working on it. Hurry up so it’s implemented sooner.

 

We look forward to hearing from you. If you are working on a Green Star Buildings project, let us know if you wish to discuss with us or need any help.