The 'Green Material Benchmarks' help you choose better materials by comparing them. In the One Click LCA database, materials are sorted into categories like 'insulation' and 'Glass wool insulation.' Within these categories, materials are compared to each other. You can find this comparison data in various One Click LCA platform sections.
How do you use the Green Material Benchmarks?
You can access the data provided by this feature in multiple sections of the One Click LCA platform. Below, we explain where you can find it.
1. Using the emission level filter
Since all materials are benchmarked against each other, we can categorize their emissions into five groups. The top 20% of best-performing materials in their benchmark will be labeled as 'Very low' and represented by a dark green 'carbon cloud'. This grading deteriorates across groups of 20%, displayed in a color gradient from green to red. The bottom 20% of worst-performing materials in the benchmark will be labeled as 'Very high' and depicted with a dark red carbon cloud.
Use the 'C02e' filter to find the best performing materials
Understanding the carbon clouds in the search resultsWhen you search for materials, you'll see the 'carbon clouds' behind the material descriptions. These clouds provide a quick indication of which emission level group the material belongs to, helping you avoid selecting materials with high emissions when possible. Occasionally, the carbon cloud might be absent. This occurs when a data point has exceptionally high emissions compared to other materials in the same emission level group. In such cases, it won't be displayed as having 'Very high' emissions, even if its emissions are significantly higher than the usual worst-performing material in that group, possibly being up to five times higher.
Visible carbon clouds in the search results section
2. Checking the detailed green material benchmark information
Clicking on the question mark next to any data point allows you to access detailed information about the material. For example, if you click on the green question mark next to one of the float glass materials and scroll down, you'll find the performance ranking. In this instance, with 35 different types of float glass in the database, this particular material is ranked number 4, indicating it belongs to the 'Very Low' emission level group.
Detailed information showing the ranking
Benchmark data for Glass Panes
Bench-marked results listed
3. Results sectionOn the results page, within the analysis section, you'll find the top 25 materials that contribute the most to emissions in your project. You can also adjust the impact category if your utilized tool reports on various environmental indicators. For instance, in the example below, we examined the Global Warming Potential.
Top 25 contributing materials (GWP)
Quickly get some recommendations on better-performing materials.