In 2012 AusIndustry awarded eTool with a grant to complete a full commercial proof of concept solution for global release. Under this project eTool completed a second independent “third party” review process. This time internationally regarded carbon accounting practitioner Ben Rose, from “Greenhouse Gas Calculator” was commissioned to undertake the review. The scope of this review process was:
- LCA Scope Verification
- Testing of algorithms
- Data Verification
- Overall LCA Result Comparisons with other LCA reports
- Assistance in improving accuracy of the above items
The testing was limited to greenhouse gas calculations, this being the area of expertise for the reviewer and the primary goal of eTool. Although the software was found to require little or no improvement in the initial review, we undertook with the reviewer to identify and implement further improvements. The reviewers confirmation of this review process can be viewed here.
My assessment of eTool software was that it required little or no improvement to scope and accuracy to be suitable for commercial release and the results being generated from eTool compared well with studies of similar buildings.
More information about the reviewer is available here: http://www.ghgenergycalc.com.au/authors.html