LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENTS

In June 2019 the UK government made a commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gases by 2050. One initiative adopted in this commitment is to create standards for low carbon products. This will drive end-user demand for low carbon products, and in turn buildings, to meet the decarbonised standards sufficiently.

One method that can significantly help in the development of this process is undertaking a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

An LCA is a standardised method of tracking and reporting the environmental impacts of a product or process throughout its whole life cycle. The cradle-to-grave scope usually includes data analysis of the extraction of raw materials, manufacture, transport, construction, use, maintenance and end of life of a product. 

LCAs can be used to analyse and compare building materials, building products and whole buildings.

Benefits of LCA:

– Enables more informed decision making when choosing building materials, building products, as well as on a whole building level, when reviewing the various impacts they have on the environment.

– Collating knowledge on the environmental impact of the building(s) can aid in demonstrating corporate and governmental sustainability goals and policies.

– LCAs can be aligned with Life Cycle Cost (LCC) studies. This process can be used to make the most considerate decisions environmentally against the cost benefits.

– Engaging in an LCA in turn benefits the development of the LCA industry and database which in turn improves future LCAs towards the innovation agenda.

We offer a variety of LCA services for projects of all sizes, please email with your project details to discuss further.

BREEAM 

Under ‘BREEAM 2018 New Construction’ there are 7 BREEAM credits plus 3 exemplary credits available under MAT01 Environmental impacts from construction products – Building Life Cycle Assessment. This requires LCA option appraisals to be undertaken for the superstructure, substructure and hard landscaping (using the RICS New Rules of Measurement (NRM) classification system), see below:

– MAT01 Building Life Cycle Assessment – Superstructure (up to 6 credits)

– MAT01 Building Life Cycle Assessment – Substructure and hard landscaping (1 credit)

– MAT01 Exemplary level – Core building services (1 credit)

– MAT01 Exemplary level – LCA and LCC alignment (1 credit)

– MAT01 Exemplary level – Third party verification (1 credit)

We are appropriately trained and experienced to undertake the above, working alongside the design team, including the MAT01 Third Party Verification exemplary level credit as we are recognised as a suitably qualified third party as per the BREEAM requirements.