Australia’s own eToolLCD is poised to become one of the first Phase 2 tools to comply with IMPACT LCA methodology since its release in October 2013.
Perth-based life cycle assessment (LCA) consultants and software providers eTool, are making fast headway in embedding additional functionality into their world leading LCA app, to enable compliance with IMPACT.
Developed by BRE, a world leading building science centre based in the UK, IMPACT is a specification and database for software developers to incorporate into their tools to enable consistent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC).
When completed, users will be able to enjoy eToolLCD’s unrivalled LCA functionality for the design of buildings and infrastructure, while accessing BRE’s highly regarded LCA method and data.
Daniel Doran of BRE said, “BRE is delighted that eTool are joining others by implementing IMPACT into their software. This will ultimately increase the uptake of high quality building LCA and will lead to lower impact buildings”.
Alex Bruce of eTool said, “IMPACT Compliance means eToolLCD users can earn two credits in BREEAM New Construction UK and up to 6 credits in BREEAM International – we see this as a great way to promote eToolLCD into the UK and European market”.
This move will make eToolLCD one of few life cycle assessment applications in the world compliant with the IMPACT LCA method.
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eTool is a world leading life cycle software consultancy that optimises building design for lower environmental impact and high performance. Utilising our unique software eToolLCD®, we work with architects, engineers and developers to measure and improve the life cycle impacts of buildings, surpassing industry standards. eToolLCD® makes sustainable development easy to achieve and cost-effective for all size projects, from residential and commercial building to land development and infrastructure.
IMPACT is a method and materials database for the implementation of building LCA and life cycle costing into building information modelling tools (BIM). For more information see www.IMPACTwba.com.
Life Cycle Assessment is the study of environmental impacts that occur due to a products life including raw material extraction, transport, manufacturing, installation, maintenance and repair, demolition and waste processing, reuse and recycling.
BRE is a world leading building science centre that generates new knowledge through research. This is used to create products, tools and standards that drive positive change across the built environment. BRE helps its government and private sector clients meet the significant environmental, social and economic challenges they faces in delivering homes, buildings and communities. BRE is owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity. The Trust uses the profits made by the BRE companies to fund research and education that advances knowledge of the built environment www.bre.co.uk.