In this release, we focused on improving the performance and now our data input pages load significantly faster. There were many new features and improvements aiming to improve user productivity including, for instance, advanced LCA completeness and plausibility checker, more advanced BIM import settings and more. We also launched a new tool that allows quantifying building circularity impacts and visualizes them. For more information on the previous major Revit update, click here.
New Building Circularity tool launched
The new circular design tool is now available. It allows tracking, quantifying and optimizing the circularity of materials sourced and used during the building life-cycle, as well as the circularity at the end of life. It allows getting a holistic picture, as well as a detailed breakdown per material type. It also supports applying Design for Disassembly and Design for Adaptability principles. This tool can be used for HQE Economie Circulaire, London Plan Circularity Statement, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circularity Indicators as well as other circular design purposes.
General productivity features
Scope of calculation is specified per design and this is reflected also in materials query
Calculation scope is now declared per design, not per project. This helps projects working with BREEAM UK or multiple certifications and analysis scopes. As part of this, the scope declarations move from LCA Parameters query under the new Add/Modify design dialogue. The scope is also now visualized in your materials query. This is only applicable to buildings, not infrastructure.
When a scope is defined as not applicable, this is reflected in materials query as a visual reminder.
Visual improvements in the material input form
Material input detailed settings (like transport distance and service life) in materials query are now shown as clickable text as opposed to dropdown menus (once saved). This helps make pages load faster and makes them also visually lighter to read. You can always edit the values by clicking them.
Resource additional parameters include now hover-over helps to explain their function.
Resource additional parameter input fields have been made clearer and more compact.
The result build-up pie charts now contain the percentages of the total for each contributing part.
Locking a design now asks if also all the default settings shall be stored as permanent values. If you choose this, and default settings change over time, they will not affect the previous calculation. However, this may be a disadvantage if you would need to rebase your calculation later on.
Workflows now allow taking notes
This will allow you to easily document your compliance and decisions during the project in one place.
Other generic productivity updates
- Software data input pages load significantly faster
- All units that can be inputted as kg, can also now be inputted as tons
- More units of measure available for many materials.
- Users can disable the chat function from their profile.
- There is a warning when several materials could be replaced using the “Replace” feature.
- Any materials added to building materials query are automatically pre-classified according to RICS, French “Lot” system, Norwegian NS3541, and Finnish Talo2000 systems.
- Hovering over the name of a design will show additional information about the design imperial unit options are available in the TRACI LCA tools in materials filter by unit
- Carbon Designer is available via the materials query from button Import data.
- Carbon Designer has new materials, including generics and Norwegian lavkarbonbetong.
- Warning under material info popups (green question mark) if data is expired
- Excel exports now export data using number formatting of your locale
Business level features
Carbon Heroes Benchmark visualisations have been redrawn for clarity and format
LCA Checker and scope checks are combined to a Completeness and plausibility checker
To make finding any potential issues with the calculations, the automated mandatory scope checking (e.g. for completeness against BREEAM requirements) and the plausibility checks relating to the LCA inputs and results are combined to a single Scope and plausibility checker. To make using this information more useful, this is available both in materials query and results page (Business license). This contains pre-configured checks for all different BREEAM schemes for example.
BIM integration and import related features
User can convert all imported data to their own units (imperial or metric) when importing
Users can remove their own mappings directly, or report auto-detected mappings from previous work from other users if they think they are not correct in the import mapper ambiguity resolver. This is only possible for pre-existing mappings.
Users can view the mapping explanation for any imported datasets under “BIM traceability” feature.
Users can lock rows of data to prevent them from being overwritten in import. The lock will also prevent editing. This is particularly useful if you have for example added data that is not coming from BIM.
Importing to a design that has data will also give a warning about overwriting the data
Expert level features
Expert plan users get now at no additional charge the following features “Carbon data/3D for BIM” and “Local compensation row by row adjustment”. These features are not available otherwise. Local compensation allows changing the sourcing location for a specific material. It will show as “Not needed” for all materials that are already representing the local region. “Carbon data/3D for BIM” allows completing LCA and getting the results directly in BIM tools supporting the feature (currently Revit).
Upcoming Carbon Designer changes - before the end of March
This software release enables several important improvements for Carbon Designer, including choosing different default materials for constituents per region. Very shortly following this release we are releasing associated updates for Carbon Designer defaults, including setting the new fixed Lavkarbonklass B concrete as the default for all Norwegian reference building results as well as setting the general European reference buildings to use concrete with 10 % recycled binders. This update shall be documented in Service Update Log when available.
Improvements and updates for Energie Carbone (France)
Energie Carbone tool data entry is now automated by populating the organisation details from the organisation profile (if defined). The tool is also now working with all SAVE configurated FDES files, also ones including spacebars in environmental impacts. The generated files are also now updated.
Over 300 installations datasets and 700+ other datasets
This release increases the much-demanded building technology datasets by approximately 300 datasets, also including 12 generic and simplified building-level systems.
Construction materials updates for the release are being finalized and are available before the end of March. The materials updates will provide circa 700 new datasets. The updates cover INIES, BRE, EPD Ireland, EPD Norge, RTS, ITB, Environdec, ZAG, IBU, Earthsure, MRPI, NRMCA, SCS Global, OKOBAU.DAT, and One Click LCA generic database. Also, some 50 energy resources have been added or updated, and several useful additional attributes have been enabled for materials.