For the second in series of blog posts in January, I am continuing to draw on the fabulous Sustainability Toolkit, developed by the Major Projects Association with the help and support of PA Consulting.
This week, I’ve plumped for tools that can help you with the whole-life assessment of your project and one in particular, called One-Click LCA.
The software offers:
- a complete visual picture of whole life carbon and other impact indicators
- the means to focus on host spots within the structure of your building
- and to identify those building materials making the greatest contribution in terms of global warming potential
The website includes a number of case studies. Sadly many of them are little more than statements that the software was used as part of the project and there is little if any detail of how. But they do provide an indicator of the breadth of the software’s application across different commercial and residential construction projects (many of them in Finland, where the One-Click software company is based). There are also a wide variety of helpful written guides and webinars available on the website, which I found (as someone who is not a construction engineer) made sense. Plus there’s the option of a free demo.
This is one of 20 different software tools that feature in the Association’s Sustainability Toolkit, under the heading of Whole Lifecycle Assessment Tooling (which is just one of the 25 topics under which the tools have been collected and collated).
The LCA tools, including One-Click LCA allow you to measure and record the impact of your construction project, whether it is a modest housing development or a new airport complex and most importantly to compare different options. I suspect that, as our environmental standards develop, there may increasingly be a requirement for large projects to capture and record these options and the decisions that they made as part of consents and planning. The challenge is going to be balancing the economic cost of different options against the social and environmental impacts. We’ll need to be able to develop benchmarks against which to assess different projects and all of this data is a great starting point.