If you would like to conduct an LCA study for commercial purpose, Enterprise seat holders or Consultant plan subscribers you will need to pay an access fee prior to starting your project. Please click on the ‘Request Quote’ button within the eToolLCD software (green ribbon at top of the page) for a quote before you start any modelling.
You will also need to complete the FREE Beginner Training Course prior to submitting the design for certification. This will improve the quality of your LCA study and help speed up the review process.
Once you have completed your design, the following are the steps you need to go through to complete the certification process.
Note: Our standard procedure is to certify your Business-As-Usual (BAU) or Reference Design (Option 1 for BREEAM) first before you even start modelling your Improved/Proposed Design (i.e. all other options for BREEAM). This is due to how our software is designed to record improvement recommendation changes from the BAU/Reference design for compliance with EN15978. Please ensure that you’ve completed our FREE Intermediate Training Course to learn how to use our recommendation recording feature.
For each project (whichever subscription you hold), you may submit up to 6 designs for certification. The advantage of certification is that not only do we review your study to ensure that there are no critical issues and that the study is reasonably accurate, you will also be able to generate a range of automated reports for the project, including the EN 15978 compliant LCA report, without any watermarks.
1. Self Review
You should run a self-review prior to submitting your design for certification to speed up the review process and catch any simple/avoidable mistakes. You can run the self-review by going through all the ‘Quality Check’ questions at the Project, Structure and Design level of the project. You may also add your own comments or assumptions into any of the QC questions to pre-emptively answer any concerns that the reviewer may have regarding your study.
For more information on how to get to these quality checks, please refer to this post.
2. Submit Your Design for Certification
Once you’ve completed the self-review step above, you can now submit your design for certification. In the design level of your project, click on the green Action button at the top of your design and select ‘Certify’.
3. Receive Feedback Message
When your design has been through the first round of reviews, you will be notified through the software that we’ve provided feedback on your design. A notification message will show on the top right corner of your screen when you login to the website.
Click on ‘View All’ and it will take you to your inbox where all the software messages are. Click on the latest message and you’ll get a little pop up window of the message. Click on the links to go straight to your design or the Certification Page. You can also access these messages via the ‘Dialogue’ tab in the green ribbon menu at the top of your login page.
4. Read Reviewer’s Comments in Quality Checks
You will need to navigate to the QC questions under the Project, Structure and/or Design levels to read through all the reviewer’s comments under the questions flagged in red.
5. Make the Required Amendments and/or Respond To Comments
After you have made the required changes to the study and if you wish to post a reply to the reviewer’s comments, please respond to the comments in the QC question by entering your reply in the text field and click on ‘Comment’.
6. Notify the Reviewer that You’re Ready for the Next Round of Reviews
After you have made the required updates and responded to the reviewer’s comments in the Quality Check tabs, you need to notify the reviewer that you are ready for the next round of reviews.
Click on ‘Open Certification’ at the top of the design page.
This brings you to the Certification Page. Click on ‘Receive Feedback’ under the Action drop down menu.
Type your response into the text field and click on Submit to notify the reviewer that you’re ready for the next round of reviews.
7. Completing the Certification Process
Steps 3 to 6 above may be repeated until the reviewer is satisfied that all concerns have been addressed. Once the BAU/Base Design is certified, the study author may proceed with modelling the Improved/Proposed/Final Design by cloning the certified BAU/Base Design OR if that is not required, generate and download the necessary reports for submission.
The flow chart below illustrates the whole certification process for a typical project.
Oops I Made A Mistake
If you accidentally submitted a design for certification when it’s not ready, you can withdraw that design from the certification queue through the same Action menu. This is also how you can see whether your design has been submitted for certification as you will only have the ‘Un-Certify’ option.
For information on what type of supporting documents to provide for your design review, please refer to this post.
For suggestions on what kind of information to provide in your Project and Structure level description, please refer to this post.