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Optimize the embodied carbon
in early design phases

Special resources for: Architects | Designers

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Early design stages have the biggest influence on embodied carbon reductions

Carbon saving potential reduces dramatically throughout the life of a project. But during those critical early phases, it can be hard to assess the impact of design decisions due to a lack of detailed information.

The One Click LCA and Rhino integration enables designers and architects to measure and compare the embodied carbon impact of different options, right from concept design stage. Making it possible to identify the best material options to slash the embodied carbon of your designs.



Early-phase LCA made easy

with One Click LCA and Rhino


  • Quickly transform ideas into 3D models.
  • Bridge the gap between conceptual ideas and technical modelling knowledge.
  • Architects and designers are free to focus on developing their designs rather than how to model or present them. 

One Click LCA

  • Export material quantities from Rhino to One Click LCA.
  • Early-phase design optioneering – for greatest impact.
  • Optimise designs based on global warming potential and environmental benchmarking.

Free trial period: 1st Oct – 31st Dec 2021

Get free access to One Click LCA

One Click LCA is offering Rhino users a free carbon assessment tool until the end of 2021. The tool is fully integrated with Rhino.

Step 1:

Create a free One Click LCA account

Start a free trial Building (Trial available) and select COP26 McNeel (Rhino) Global Carbon license. 

Step 2:

Download, install and learn how to use the McNeel Rhino integration.

Step 3:

Watch the recorded training webinar

How to optimize the embodied carbon in early design phases with One Click LCA and Rhino.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can access the free One Click LCA tool?
Anyone can access the free One Click LCA tool for the duration of this offer. However, using the integrations works differently depending upon whether you are a new or existing One Click LCA user. 

For new One Click LCA users: Using the integrations with Trimble, IES or Rhino will require the respective licenses. Access to the free One Click LCA tool is available until the end of 2021.

For existing One Click LCA users: If you have a Business plan or higher, you have access to these integrations, even beyond the end of this offer period. If you have a Starter plan, please write to to request access.

What features are included?
The One Click LCA free tool gives users access to all of the features available under a standard One Click LCA Building tool Business license. The full feature list can be seen here.

The Rhino integration also provides access to the Global Carbon add-on tool.

How long will I have access to the free tool?
Access to the free One Click LCA tool is available until the end of 2021. After this time, access will be available to anyone who buys a commercial One Click LCA license.
Are you offering other free tools and resources during COP26?
Yes, we want to use the opportunity of COP26 to encourage the construction sector to accelerate decarbonisation. To this end, we are providing free tools and resources for the entire construction value chain. You can see them all in the COP 26 resource center.
What is COP26 anyway?
It’s a short name for a globally important meeting: the annual UN climate change conference. The famous Paris Agreement was signed at COP21, held in Paris, in 2015.

COP stands for Conference of Parties, with the parties referring to the 197 nations and territories that have signed on to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

This year’s event will be the 26th conference, hence COP26.

COP26 takes place in Glasgow, UK, in November 2021. Find out more at the official COP26 website.

How can I learn more about what One Click LCA can do?
Get in touch with any queries at or schedule a demo from here.

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