Be a Zero Hero with Building Lifecycle Analyses

By Suzanne Wallace on Wednesday 20 September 2017

Circular Economy, Lifecycle Assessment and Embodied Carbon are phrases we are hearing more and more in today’s climate where it is more crucial than ever to save as much energy and costs for our clients. This year’s World Green Building Week theme is #OurHeroIsZero. Today, there is a big push towards net-zero carbon by governments around the globe trying to meet stringent carbon reduction targets. With buildings making up 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, the pressure on the building industry is increasing every day. The knock on effect is that clients are demanding more innovation, bigger and better savings and the best possible Voluntary Environmental Ratings (VERS), such as LEED and BREEAM, for their buildings.

Life-cycle thinking addresses major environmental impacts throughout the complete life cycle of a product, from extraction of raw materials, processing of those materials, manufacturing of the product, transportation, use and final disposal, reuse or recycling. In the UK and Europe manufacturers, regulators, and specifiers have long been using life-cycle information to improve their product selections and environmental profiles. LEED V4, BREEAM international and many other VERS have been supporting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) for some time now.

Going forward, the incorporation of Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) is key to delivering improved whole-building performance, which incorporates both operational and embodied CO2 consideration to provide the most resource-efficient building overall and over time. To meet net-zero carbon targets it is imperative to consider the Buildings Lifecycle. It is therefore, more important than ever that people designing and constructing our buildings understand the theory and application of lifecycle modelling in practice and are able to assess the financial risk of energy and environmental factors affecting the performance of your buildings throughout their lifetime.

As part of World Green Building Week, IES are holding a free Faculty event in London with the aim to help you do just that. The event, ‘Understanding Green Building Economics’, will delve into the practical application of capital cost, lifecycle cost and environmental lifecycle modelling of buildings. In this unique instalment of our Faculty series, Dr Naghman Khan of IES will be joined by special guest speakers Andrew Thompson, Director at Savills UK Building & Project Consultancy, and Andrew Cooper, Director at EVORA EDGE. Andrew Thomson will be speaking on the topic “The Savills Flat White Index – The Case for Improving Wellness in Building Design Quality in London”. While Andrew Cooper will share his expertise on building lifecycle analysis, reviewing some of the recent projects he has been involved in to show how IES’ IMPACT tool can be used to determine capital costs, life cycle costs and life cycle assessment.

Our popular IES Faculty events provide an open forum in which building design professionals can come together to discuss and debate recent developments and current challenges faced by the industry. These interactive public sessions, led with presentations from key industry experts, provide the perfect setting to collaborate and exchange ideas with your fellow peers.

You can register for our FREE event via this link. And whilst you’re at it, why not take the opportunity to submit a question prior to the Faculty and we’ll do our best to report back during the seminar.