Hotspot Analysis in eTool

The Analysis Tool in our software provides a seamless integration of a Pivot-like table, similar to what is commonly used in Excel but actually integrated in the software. With this tool, users have the capability to utilize various parameters to generate tables, graphs, or bar charts. It enables users to analyze data based on specific criteria, facilitating the identification of hotspots where efforts can be focused to yield the most significant benefits, and aids in making informed decisions to optimize project sustainability.

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Default and custom display options

1) Default data analysis

The default table Function by Module offers a breakdown of the impact across different modules, revealing where the most substantial impacts occur within the life cycle of a project. In this case is Integrated Operational Energy Use (Module B6), that gives you an idea where you need to focus your efforts.

You can also explore different options to analyze your design by selecting from the default choices. For instance, consider looking at it in terms of materials. By clicking on the Material box, a top-to-bottom list of materials, ranked from highest to lowest impact within the module, will be generated. This allows you to swiftly identify the materials with the most significant impact. For instance, Refrigerant Gases have the highest impact, followed by Concrete 1% Reinforced, and so on. This way, you can quickly identify the top 5 or top 10 materials with the highest impact in your design. This approach offers another high-level perspective for analysis.

2) Custom data analysis

Users have the flexibility to perform custom data analysis using various combinations. For example, you can conduct simple analyses like the total impact per module. Alternatively, you might prefer to delve into the impacts of templates, as shown in the example below. We’ve included master templates, nested templates, and elements categories against modules.

Additionally, you can display the selected category and apply filters to examine specific materials, as demonstrated in this example where we filtered all concrete. To do this, you need to deselect all initially, then filter for “concrete” and select all.

You can also narrow down your scope for individual module analyses, which can be particularly useful for users comparing upfront carbon impacts (modules A1 to A3) for different material sources. This enables you to ask different questions, such as how to reduce the impact of a specific material. Can we get a different supply? Can we use a slightly different material that may have a lower impact? This exemplifies hotspot analysis, which proves to be very useful once you have built your model to identify where to focus your efforts for the greatest benefit.

3) Download your tables

Additionally, you can download your default and custom tables in an Excel document for further analysis, as shown in the image below. 

4) Create and download charts

Apart from tables, you have the option to generate bar graphs and pie charts to present your data in a clear and effective way. To customize your view, simply toggle categories on and off with a simple click on each category name. Moreover, capturing these visualizations for your custom reports is a breeze. Just click on the camera icon, and you can take snapshots of the charts to include them seamlessly in your reports whenever you need to.

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Explore impacts for different indicators 

The default indicator displays the data in terms of Global Warming Potential (KgCO2e). However, by clicking on “Load All Impacts,” you can analyze the project’s impact for all indicators previously added at the Project level of your design. It’s important to note that you can turn on and off those indicators as long as there are not certified designs in the Project. 

Once any design within the Project is certified, the indicators will be locked, and you will not be able to make changes when generating automated LCA reports.


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Organisation and Project level Analysis

At Cerclos, we understand the importance of gaining deeper insights into your projects and portfolios. That’s why we’re excited to introduce an enhancement that puts powerful analysis tools right at your fingertips for Specialist Hotseat Orgs. Just like the Analysis Tab available for individual designs, this new feature empowers Organisation Users to perform impact and emissions analyses across their entire portfolio of projects.


Before you can take advantage of the Analysis feature and start analysing your portfolio, it is necessary for your designs to be loaded into Result Sync. This feature provides real-time updates on the number of designs available for analysis and the progress of the uploading process by updating the status from In Queue, In Progress, Completed, Fail, Modified, to Skip

The ResultSync loading process must be carried out at both the organisational and project levels. In this article, I’ll demonstrate an example at the organisational level.

When you first access the ResultSync tab, you’ll notice that the designs awaiting upload are listed under the ‘In Queue’ status. If you wish to filter out specific projects or designs from being displayed, simply toggle the button in the “Exclude Structure From Reporting” column. This could be useful for repeated designs or test projects. Excluding a project will give it a ‘Skip’ status.

Click the “Load Designs” box to initiate the upload process. Should any issues arise with a particular design, the status will reflect as ‘Failed.’ In such instances, attempting a ‘Retry’ usually resolves the issue. If challenges persist, kindly submit a support request for thorough investigation.

If there are updates within a design, the status will be marked as ‘Modified.’ Simply click ‘Retry’ to ensure the latest version is successfully loaded. Designs that have been uploaded without any issues will be marked as ‘Completed.’

After the loading process finishes, you can start using the Analysis features. If there are any projects or designs that still need to be synchronized, maybe because you excluded a project initially and now want to include it, or because a design has been modified, the software will let you know in the Analysis tab with an automated message. In such cases, simply return to the ResultSync tab and click “Load Designs” or “Retry” to initiate the synchronization process.

Currently we load one design per structure, choosing the favourite, latest certified or latest design in each of your eTool structures.

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Analysis at Project level

Default design displayed

When you’re in your project, navigate to the Project Analysis tab. The initial view will present the ‘Function by Structure’ preconfigured option. 

Choose from preconfigured settings or customize your view. You can select from the provided categories to customize your table for a thorough examination of your design and hotspot identification This functionality works just like it does at the design level. Please note that the software displays one design per structure, typically the BAU/Reference design. Based on the image, for this example the designs available for analysis are ‘Studio Dwelling – Base Design’ and ‘Railroad Overpass – Baseline’

Change Displayed Design

To add another design for analysis, simply mark it as your ‘favorite.’ Navigate to the specific design you wish to analyze, go to the Design level, click on the action button, and select the ‘Favorite’ option.

Then, return to the Project level, refresh the page, and you’ll now see your desired design displayed for analysis.

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Analysis at Organisation level

Navigate to your organisation and access the Analysis tab located in the left menu. Similar to the Design and Project levels, you will find preconfigured categories for analysis and the ability to create your custom view. The initial view is ‘Function by Project.’ At this analysis level, the same principle applies: you can view one design per structure and one structures per project.

Exclude Projects from Analysis

You have the flexibility to refine your analysis by focusing on specific projects or excluding those test projects within your portfolio. To implement these changes, navigate to the specific project at the project level, select the ‘Exclude from organisational reporting’ option and save your change.

Afterward, return to the Analysis tab at the organisation level and refresh your page to see the updated results.

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