Trimble and One Click LCA Collaborate to Provide Embedded Carbon Calculations for Different Phases of Construction Projects
Collaboration to help move the needle to a net zero future for construction
SUNNYVALE, California and HELSINKI, October 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today announced that it has entered into a collaboration with One Click LCA that allows users of Trimble’s Tekla Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to calculate carbon emissions at different phases of a project, helping to move the needle towards a net zero future for construction.
From initial analysis and design through to finished construction, combining buildable data from Trimble’s Tekla software with One Click LCA and its comprehensive database of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) enables embedded carbon emissions. from materials in a design, down to each nut, bolt or rebar – to be calculated for their entire life cycle. Tekla users will have access to a One Click ACV carbon assessment tool, in an integrated configuration with the Tekla software platform, free of charge until the end of 2021.
Structural elements are responsible for up to 70 percent of a building’s intrinsic carbon footprint, making reducing the carbon emissions of any structural design critical in the race to zero emissions, as outlined in the COP26 Objectives of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Low carbon structures
One Click LCA’s automated lifecycle assessment software helps users calculate and reduce the environmental impacts of building and infrastructure projects, products, and portfolios. By combining the functionality with Trimble’s Tekla BIM software, the two companies are making it easier to design and build the low-carbon structures that are urgently needed in the zero-emission race. Calculating embodied carbon – the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by the creation and maintenance of all the materials that make up a building – is a relatively new concept. For many structural experts, whether engineers, designers, builders or fabricators, this is quickly becoming essential to their jobs. In the construction industry, there is a growing demand for carbon performance management. Governments of countries such as the Netherlands, France, UK, Sweden, and Italy and other authorities have started to require embodied carbon declarations, which are expected to have mandatory emission limits in the future.
This cooperation builds on the existing integration of One Click LCA with Tekla® Structural Designer, Tekla Structures and with the Trimble Connect ™ collaboration platform for seamless data exchange. Trimble Connect is available in several subscription versions, including a free version, with all versions supporting integration with One Click LCA tools.
The integration of Tekla Structures was carried out by Sweco, a leading construction consultancy, in collaboration with One Click LCA. Sweco used the combined solution in an ambitious carbon neutral sports venue design project.
Commenting on the collaboration, Ossi Kujala, Structural Designer at Sweco Structural Engineering, said: “At Sweco we aim to be a role model in sustainability, taking responsibility and being part of the solution to society’s sustainability challenges and carbon reduction. Integrating One Click LCA with BIM data is a convenient way to assess the carbon impact during the lifecycle of a building. We are currently working on a low carbon project, using Tekla Structures for structural design and One Click LCA to assess lifecycle impact. The integration of One Click LCA with Trimble helped us get straightforward carbon assessments at an early stage of each design option. The integration also simplifies the process of estimating material quantities after design changes with a high level of precision, which means we can keep up-to-date quantity estimates and life cycle information with little effort. ‘effort. “
“This collaboration enables structural engineers, manufacturers, contractors and other stakeholders to consistently and efficiently decarbonize their projects,” said Panu pasanen, CEO of One Click LCA. “Carbon and life cycle assessment data is essential for carbon reductions, specifying optimal cost and carbon solutions and ensuring regulatory and certification compliance. One-click LCA can be used to calculate environmental impact so that projects comply with BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, and over 50 other certification systems, standards and requirements. The data can also be seamlessly combined with data from other design disciplines. We are very excited to partner with Trimble and step up decarbonization with our tools.
“Sustainable construction will soon no longer be a choice, but a prerequisite,” said Jari Heino, Vice President and General Manager, Structures at Trimble. “Managing carbon performance will be part of value engineering in the future. Tekla Structures is already helping to minimize material waste and reduce unnecessary rework. Integrations with state-of-the-art automated lifecycle assessment software such as One Click LCA allow our customers to use constructible data to calculate the carbon footprint at any phase of the project and provide an accurate final statement to authorities . “
The race to zero is the main theme of COP26, the 26th summit of the United Nations Conference of the Parties on climate change. It echoes the message of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which stressed that net zero must be reached by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
About one-click ACV
One Click LCA is a leading Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) software for the construction industry. One Click LCA helps decarbon construction and infrastructure projects, create product EPDs, compare low carbon products and projects, and create corporate greenhouse gas reports. It is used in over 120 countries, includes the world’s largest construction industry database, and supports over 60 standards and certifications. For more information, visit: www.oneclicklca.com.
About Trimble Construction
Trimble develops technologies, software and services that drive the digital transformation of construction with solutions that span the entire Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Empowering teams throughout the construction lifecycle, Trimble’s innovative approach improves coordination and collaboration among stakeholders, teams, phases and processes. Trimble’s connected construction strategy puts users in control of their operations with the best solutions and a common data environment. By automating work and transforming workflows, Trimble enables construction professionals to improve productivity, quality, transparency, safety, sustainability and deliver every project with confidence. For more information, visit: construction.trimble.com.
Trimble is an industrial technology company that is transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation. For more information on Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), visit: www.trimble.com.
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