Whole Life Carbon Assessment, RICS & Greater London Authority
This guidance supports the 'Carbon assessment, Greater London Authority' tool, which is designed to fulfil the requirements of RICS and that of the London plan. The assessments follow the RICS PS with several additions written to the GLA guide.
What is included in the scope?
- It reports A1-A3, A4 and A5 phase emissions
- It reports B1, B2, B3, B4-5, B6a/B6b and B7 emissions. (B6 regulated and unregulated)
- It reports C1, C2, C3 and C4 (C1 with a scenario) and D phase emissions
- It allows classifying all different inputs according to RICS
- It allows for choosing a discounting scenario
- The results excel report provides mass data which can be filled into the GLA template
Follow these steps to complete an assessment for the London Plan
Create a project and select the right calculation tool
Create a building project and select the GLA tool as the chosen calculation tool.
Create your first design and set up the LCA parameters
Set up your first design and go through the LCA parameters.
- Default service life: RICS default service life
- Default transportation distance: UK- RICS
- Material manufacturing localisation target: United Kingdom Electricity profile - SAP10_IEA2015 SAP 10.1
- End of life scenario - Market scenarios (This provides the required C1-C4 breakdown)
- End of life energy recovery (module D) substituted energy mix (only for Market scenarios) - District heat UK / Several profiles - IEA2018
Check the mandatory scope
Check the mandatory scope of required elements from the RICS or GLA guidance documents.
Fill in calculation period
Set calculation period to 60 years by opening ‘Calculation Period’ and inputting 60 years.
Fill in the building area
Fill in the Building area question form by entering the GIFA (Gross Internal Floor Area).
Input required material data
Fill in your project information in One Click LCA by entering the design either manually or by import your data (see different import options here; guidance for data import can be found here). If you need help finding the right datasets for your building materials, check our guidance pages here and here.
Mass data for the materials is automatically added to the detailed report.
For transportation of the materials (A4), each material row will receive a default transportation distance and method based on the material type and RICS methodology. These values can be adjusted manually. If you do not have information on the exact transportation distances, you can adjust the values according to country/region of origin, using the default values given on RICS guidance:
|Transport scenario||km by road||km by sea|
For the repair rate (B3) no accurate methodology exists to estimate this as of today, however if filled in this percentage is often not more than 1 or 2 % (as this is the annual repair rate). Not all material need to be repaired annually, and their rate depends on numerous factors like material quality, how it is installed, expertise of craftsmen installing the materials, building type, building usage, building location and the climate zone the building is in.
Input annual energy or water consumption (B6 & B7)
Input energy and water as required by scope. Ensure that for energy consumption you have marked if the energy is for regulated or unregulated usage.
For your first assessment, the electricity profile selected should be 'Electricity, United Kingdom, SAP 10.1 (regulated and unregulated)'.
For your second assessment, the electricity profile should be 'Steady Progression 2050 scenario (FES 2020) (regulated and unregulated)'.
Input construction site operations data (A5 & Optional C1)
Input construction site operations data and include a C1 deconstruction/demolition scenario if you have used one of the advanced end of life options (market-based or EPD EOL) in the LCA parameters.
Input emissions and removals query (Optional B1)
Input refrigerants, concrete carbonization and vegetation carbon withdrawals.
Input annual maintenance (B2)
Input the consumption of grid electricity, water, fuels and replacements as required for annual maintenance. Unfortunately no accurate methodology to estimate B2 emissions exists as of today.
Input discounting scenarios
Under the query 'discounting scenarios' you can select the 'electricity grid decarbonization scenario (RICS/GLA) which can be used to account for grid decarbonization. It uses the FES 2020 Steady Progression Scenario.
In the first assessment, no discounting scenario should be used.
In the second assessment, the discounting scenario should be enabled.
Download the results report (and for GLA only: Fill in the GLA template)
Download LCA results
1a. Navigate to the results page, click on 'more actions' and download the detailed report.
The results report has mass data on each of the RICS categories as well which will be required for the GLA template.
1b. Navigate to the results page, click on 'Download Results Summary' which will give you an excel report which has the results page table for easier copying into the GLA template.
Fill in the GLA template and submit results
Reporting templates can be found at the following link: https://consult.london.gov.uk/whole-life-cycle-carbon-assessments