Implementing Embodied Carbon
at The Early Design Stages
One of the most common questions we are asked by newcomers to LCA is how can they implement LCAs at the earlier stage of the design process, when nothing has been drawn, yet they still need to be able to benchmark different structural frames and material combinations.
There are numerous advantages in implementing LCAs early on, including, but not limited to:
- Being able to obtain a Bill of Materials for a project early on.
- Achieve more certification credits, like LEED.
- Optimize design choices from an embodied carbon perspective.
- Get early feedback on carbon hotspots.
- Assess embodied carbon in tandem with cost implications.
At One Click LCA we developed Carbon Designer 3D (CD3D) to address the early carbon optimization challenge. The tool allows any team member to easily obtain carbon information on a project, from the beginning of the project. CD3D allows teams to easily generate designs, figure out the carbon hotspots, benchmark different structural frames, drill down to details for powerful comparative analyses and eventually move their desired design forward and perform full-blown Life-Cycle Assessments.
But how does Carbon Designer 3D work?
The entire process of creating a project using CD3D is essentially split into 4+1 guided steps!
Creating a design
Choosing your building type
Scoping the project
Calculating the project’s geometry
Applying building templates
Review your results and compare up to 4 design alternatives!
Substituting Assemblies in CD3D
What about design comparison?
Can we use Carbon Designer 3D later
in the process?
If that’s your use case then simply during the geometry calculation step, set all quantities for which you already have information to 0 and choose to merge the exported design with an existing one, instead of creating a new one!
Merging designs together
Optimize carbon before you start drawingCarbon Designer 3D
Life Cycle Assessment for Buildings
Do you want to try Carbon Designer 3D?
Start a free trial now!