From an early stage of development we were acutely aware of the need to ensure our software was accurate, repeatable, transparent and audit-able. At the time our release there were no available certification processes for LCA software. We approached two universities in Western Australia with highly regarded schools focussing on environmental design to review the eToolLCD prototype:
- Curtin University – Sustainable Policy Institute (CUSP)
- Murdoch University
Both groups of researchers were allowed free access to the prototype software as well as an under-the-hood look at the algorithms and methodologies. Peter Newman, distinguished professor of sustainability, confirms the findings of the researchers during this review process below.
“Urban areas are responsible for the largest majority of the planet’s carbon emissions. If we are to successfully reduce the threat of climate change we need to understand and improve the carbon impacts of urban developments. This is necessary to be competitive in the new green economy as well as saving money for ordinary householders and business people.
Our studies have found that there are only a limited number of tools currently available to measure and model carbon emissions and carbon consequences of design variations in urban settlements. eTool is highlighted as an outstanding example. eTool enables us to truly quantify, compare and then improve the carbon footprint of the built form in urban developments.”
The researchers were impressed and included eTool LCA in a study to compare carbon assessment software packages and systems from around the world.
eTool LCA Recognised as Outstanding
One of the outcomes of the review by Curtin Universities Sustainable Policy Institute (CUSP) and Murdoch University was a paper published in the International Journal of Climate Change, Volume 4, Issue 4. The paper (Beatie et al, 2011) highlighted eTool as one of two outstanding examples for carbon assessment of urban developments. The paper included a review of more than 34 globally available tools applicable to this level of carbon accounting. The study can be accessed here.