Whole Building LCA
Whole of Building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the most comprehensive method of assessing building environmental impacts over the complete building life time. This methodology has recently been incorporated in the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star rating tools with up to 7 credit points available for Life Cycle Impacts (6 points are available under the legacy tools). Edge offers a fully compliant Green Star LCA assessment with an early screening workshop which enables LCA to drive early design decision making. Whole Building LCA can also be integrated with information on the human health impacts, social risk and life cycle costing (see Whole of Life- Triple Bottom Line).
Whole Building LCAs enable you to model all life cycle (LCA) impacts of your building, from building design and construction, through operations and maintenance, occupancy, and finally end-of life impacts. This information enables you to test and modify practices and purchases to achieve the best environmental performance results. It provides you with:
- Potential for up to 7 points under the GBCA’s Green Star rating tools
- Impact assessment across the whole building life cycle
- Identification of hotspots and improvement opportunities
- Early design advice and input using screening LCA
Edge can offer a triple bottom line assessment of a project integrating life cycle costing and social risk assessment alongside the LCA; with a focus on achieving operational savings and improved net present value. As a member of the GBCA Technical Advisory Board and Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society, Edge Environment is at the forefront of LCA practice in Australia.
Edge Environment’s in-house building LCA tool is linked to specialist LCA software SimaPro and draws on extensive Australian and international life cycle databases. The methodology followed by Edge is industry best practice and satisfies the requirements of Green Star, EN 15978, ISO 14040 and ISO 14044. The methodology is carried out in accordance with the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society principles and uses the best available international and Australian data.