British and Australian Sustainability Leaders Join Forces For Low Carbon Building in UK

International leaders in sustainability are collaborating to utilise a new software tool that aims to revolutionise the way green buildings are designed, constructed and operated.

London based architecture firm HTA and sustainability social enterprise BioRegional - the pioneers behind the One Planet Living framework - today announced a new partnership with Australian environmental software developers eTool. The collaboration of architects, sustainability campaigners and environmental engineers into multi-disciplinary teams is fast becoming commonplace, with the new ‘business as usual’ putting the client and planet firmly at the top of the list.

Our One Planet Living framework is spreading around the globe, so it was natural for us to team up with leading innovators overseas like eTool that we can work with here in the UK and internationally. Improving quality of life at the same time as reducing our carbon footprint is part of everything we do, so to be able to accurately measure the impact of our development projects with LCA is an important step in learning the lessons, applying them to new projects and sharing them with others.”
- Pooran Desai – Co-Founder, BioRegional

The partnership will bring together diverse skills and knowledge of sustainable technologies and design solutions that have already proven successful in reducing the carbon footprint of buildings across Australia. Senior staff from both HTA and BioRegional will be trained to use eTool LCA, a web based Life Cycle Assessment tool that measures embodied and operational carbon, water, energy and cost of a whole building through its entire design life.

“It’s fantastic to work with companies that are as passionate as we are about what they do and are raising the bar in sustainable building in the UK. We’re extremely excited that eTool LCA will soon be integrated into projects overseas and demonstrate that low carbon design is achievable in all climates and regions, regardless of the weather or building style.”- Alex Bruce – Director, eTool

With the government’s ambitious zero carbon 2016 target quickly approaching, newly accessible technologies such as whole building life cycle assessment represent a unique opportunity to reduce carbon impacts on a huge scale within a short period.

“At HTA we try to be more than the sum of our many parts, bringing architecture, sustainability, and landscape disciplines together to produce high-quality sustainable places. We are delighted to be collaborating with eTool and BioRegional to extend our expertise into life-cycle assessment. We are keen to know more about the life-cycle impact of our buildings today which will influence the way we work tomorrow.” - Rory Bergin – Head of Sustainability & Innovation, HTA

Bioregional’s award winning OneBrighton project will be showcased at EcoBuild 2013 in March and final eTool LCA results will be launched at the Eco Technology Show in June.

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