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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