Through collaboration with the Environmental Performance in Construction (EPiC) project from the University of Melbourne, a lifecycle assessment has been implemented to calculate the initial and operational energies of a given design.
There are two parts to the overall lifecycle assessment: initial (embodied) and operational energy. The initial energy is calculated via EPiC’s methodology. Operational energy is calculated using a modelled simulation within EnergyPlus.
EPiC’s methodology involves first collecting each material’s relevant volume/mass/area and then multiplying that with each material’s embodied energy coefficient.
By selecting a material, it is mapped against the material’s embodied energy coefficient. These are then presented for embodied and operational energy.
To undertake a Lifecycle Assessment, select ‘Lifecycle' in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once completed, embodied and operational results are presented.