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Life-Cycle Assessment Guide for Green Building experts — Part 2

You already know enough of Life-Cycle Assessment to be interested but you aren’t sure if it would work for you?

LCA helps you to evaluate sustainability, for real

  If you are you a green building consultant working on LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, HQE or any other certification scheme, an architect, a construction manager, a designer, a property investor, or a CSR expert, LCA can indeed be the solution for boosting your sustainable performance. First of all, let’s look at why LCA is the most efficient method to evaluate your building’s sustainability. With LCA you can see at once both the big picture and the details: by calculating LCA, you can measure your building’s life-cycle carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, like ozone depletion, and at the same time quantify the impact of a single material in the building. Moreover, LCA is highly efficient because it can be completely automated. Just by using your design data you can get a reliable report that measures the most demanded environmental metrics, including carbon footprint, embodied energy, and circular economy. LCA can objectively compare alternatives, since it relies on international standards. The third-party verified One Click LCA software relies on third-party verified materials data, which encompasses all kinds of building materials from all over the world.  

LCA credits for Green Building certifications

  The fact that LCA is science- and standards-based is the reason why LCA has become a major credit in green building certifications. Credits themselves help increase the rating of the building and therefore, its desirability – in addition to providing an effective measure of carbon transparency. Let’s talk LEED v4. The newest release in LEED has overall become more demanding. One major new credit is Whole Life Impact Reduction that is worth 3 base points, 1 exemplary point, and a regional priority (for example in Sweden, Canada, and many U.S. states). By using LCA you can earn credits while improving your building and following a natural design process: comparing alternatives, identifying problems, and solving them within the design itself. One Click LCA fully supports the LEED v4 LCA process.
LCA is therefore extremely cost-efficient and can be fully integrated in the workflow without disrupting it or slowing it down.
In BREEAM LCA is one of the most important credits: the Mat 1 credit is worth up to 6 credits plus an exemplary credit, which One Click LCA is uniquely tailored to deliver. On cost per credit Mat 01 LCA is arguably the most cost-efficient credit. You can use the automated LCA reports to easily obtain credits also for other certifications, like DGNB, HQE, BBCA, VERDE, HQM, DREAM, CEEQUAL, PAS 2080, Envision, and multiple national schemes. LCA has been widely adopted as an important credit for all green building certifications for a good reason: it is a reliable, secure way to effectively measure the sustainability of products, processes, and services. This means that you can perform an LCA anywhere in the world, if you have at your disposal a reliable, up to date database like One Click LCA does. Our database encompasses all European and North American markets. For users from other parts of the world our regional compensation mechanism allows you to use international databases, localized to your local conditions automatically. In short, all construction experts everywhere can benefit from an LCA. You don’t need to be an expert or an engineer and you can use data that you already have anywhere, anytime.    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 711303.

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