We love Life Cycle Design and we want to make it attractive to everyone. We are driven by innovation and passion and backed up by a constantly improving scientific approach. We are always looking for ways to make LCD more mainstream and encourage greater uptake by the built environment sector.
Transparency is key to successful Life Cycle Design practice and we are very excited to announce eToolLCD now produces EN15978 compliant automated reports. Yes, no more editing documents or tables outside the software to produce your final reports!
Our goal with eToolLCD and our community of software users is to achieve carbon reduction by allowing better understanding and consistent measurement of the whole life carbon emissions of built projects.
The automated reporting functionality was developed to comply with the widely accepted environmental performance assessment methodology EN 15978. We all know eToolLCD produces results in accordance with EN15978 but the automated reporting increases a standardized approach to its practical implementation and interpretation including:
- Functional Unit, System Boundary, Environmental Indicators, System Description, Cut off criteria, Allocation, Independent review
- Inventory Analysis
- eToolLCD software, Data quality, Completeness,
- Life Cycle Impact Assessment
- Life Cycle Interpretation
- Background LCI Data, Inventory Design Documentation, Inventory Assumptions, EPDs
- Environmental Indicators Description, Detailed Structure Scope Diagram, Detailed Life Cycle Inventory
How to Generate Reports
This video is from 2016 so a little outdated now but it will show how automated reports are generated in eToolLCD.
To generate the full EN 15978 compliant LCA report, you navigate to the ‘Reports’ tab in your design and select ‘LCA Report’ in the drop down menu for Report Type. Additional fields will appear depending on which report you’ve selected. For the LCA Report, it looks something like the image below and you’re able to specify if you want to compare your design with another design (usually the ‘Improved/Proposed Design’ in your project) or a benchmark.
You can also set your ‘benchmark’ as a design from the same structure or a different project altogether. Make sure that the benchmark you’ve selected is comparable with your design though.
Click on the following link to download an example full EN 15978 compliant LCA report.
EN15978 is not the only report we produce there are numerous others we have automated to help clients and users understand the modelling results at different stages of the life cycle design process. We are continually updating and improving on these but below is a selection.
(Simplified report with basic information relevant for early stage analysis)
(tables list of recommendations run, their impact on performance and summary waterfall chart)
(summary of total material quantities in kg and m3)
(total Impacts graphed and tabled over annually over the life cycle)
(list of total impacts for each material/assembly/operational item ordered from highest to lowest)
(detailed breakdown of each and every material/assembly/operational element and its input variables and assumptions)
(spider chart presenting performance against benchmark for each environmental indicator)
(eTool developed certificates for sales, estate agents and building display)
(Report of all improvement recommendations and details)
(included in “Design Feedback Report” graph highlighting change in environmental performance across each indicator for recommendations)
(lists all the impacts by life cycle stage (A-D) for the range of environmental indicators as required for (GWP, water, acidification etc)
(example report summarising all feedback and comments between the assessor and certifier)
We are making Life Cycle Design easier for everyone so get in touch with us to start using eToolLCD or engage eTool as consultants on your next project.