Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 576.33K | Year: 2010
IMPACT is a specification and database for software developers to enable the production of software tools that carry out consistent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). IES, who are a partner in the consortium funded by the Technology Strategy Board to develop IMPACT, will be the first to release IMPACT compliant software tools. Other developers will be able to develop and release IMPACT tools later on. IMPACT is based around interoperable Building Information Modelling (BIM) where the user attributes sharable information to drawn or scheduled entities, in this case environmental and cost information. This may be done as a ‘check’ at particular stages in design development or iteratively as part of the user’s general workflow. Put simply, IMPACT measures the quantity information in the BIM and multiplies this with environmental impact and cost ‘rates’ to produce an overall impact and cost for the whole or a selected part of the design. Fundamentally, the results generated allow the user to identify aspects of the design where cost and environmental ‘savings’ can be made. In addition, overall results for designs are comparable to assess performance.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 271.99K | Year: 2008
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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: ENV.2009.3.1.5.2 | Award Amount: 2.60M | Year: 2010
The project will develop 1) sustainability indicators for buildings, 2) understanding about the needed performance levels considering new and existing buildings, different building types and local requirements, 3) methods for the benchmarking of sustainable buildings (SB) and 4) recommendations for the effective use of benchmarking systems as instruments of steering and in building processes. The work will make use of the existing knowledge of SB assessment and rating systems. However, the project recognises that there are still unsolved issues and areas with no common understanding. These include: a) the integration of social and economic issues with SB assessment, b) consideration of certain environmental aspects as land use, c) defining appropriate performance levels considering both minimal levels and advanced targets, d) consideration of local conditions, different building types, and both new and existing buildings when selecting performance levels, d) selection of benchmarking criteria to be easily adopted in different parts of Europe, e) effective mobilisation of the benchmarking system, f) effective making use of the system in building processes and in building regulation and steering. The work will be divided into 8 work packages: WP1 ensures the effective work progress and the good communication between project members and between the project and the Commission; WP2 establishes the common starting point for the project; WP3 analyses the potential of SB benchmarking systems as an instrument of steering and when used in different phases of building projects, WP4 develops and selects sustainability indicators that describe the environmental, social and economic performance of buildings. WP4 will focus on the development of data validity and reliability for each key indicator. WP5 defines performance levels and benchmarking criteria, WP6 makes recommendations for effective exploitation, WP7 pilots the system, and WP8 disseminates the outcomes with help of the project NETWORK GROUP and with help of powerful organisations of building professionals.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: EeB.ENV.2011.3.1.5-2 | Award Amount: 863.46K | Year: 2011
The overall goal of the call EeB.ENV.2011.3.1.5-2 is to develop a specific guidance document for application to Energy Efficient Buildings and related training material with courses for practitioners in industry and research. This is to be based on and in line with the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook, co-developed by the European Commissions JRC-IES. The concept for this guidance document is based on two core elements: an extensive list of elements that need to be taken into account when dealing with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) within the Energy-efficient Buildings Initiative (EeB PPP) and the solution approaches how to address different issues and an extensive guidance including examples and operational instructions on how to conduct adequate, high-quality LCA studies. To assure acceptance and applicability, a strong and active involvement of all relevant stakeholders is foreseen. The EeBGuide will be prepared in line with the ILCD Handbook and with respect to activities such as: CEN TC 350 standardization work on the sustainability of construction works, Harmonization activities of the Sustainable Buildings Alliance concerning the carbon footprint of buildings incl. activities on sustainable construction, Existing and upcoming EPD programmes with their definitions and specifications. The balanced project consortium features specifically experienced research, consultancy and industry partners and the EC: FRAUNHOFER, PE INT, CSTB, ESCI, BRE and ChS. The expected outcomes of EeBGuide include: A guidance document - based on the ILCD handbook - that is scientifically sound, accepted by practitioners and quality assured (reviewed), Exemplary LCA case studies, including recommendations on how to implement adequate building LCA tools, Broad dissemination among LCA practitioners and industry, & A website, as a central information hub on the operational guidance on LCA within the Energy-efficient Buildings Initiative.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SST.2008.4.1.1. | Award Amount: 5.58M | Year: 2009
There is an urgent need to have a confident toxicity measurement methodology that contributes to the existing level of surface transport fire safety, which is the most difficult issue to assess in case of fire. The lack of confidence in the robustness of the existing product toxicity classification forbids its acceptance as a standard which prevent the European industry from common safety rules and consequently competitiveness. Moreover, it is also important to have a holistic approach of fire safety design of vehicle being able to provide more flexible and economic solutions than the current approach. TRANSFEU undertakes to deliver both a reliable toxicity measurement methodology and a holistic fire safety approach for all kind of surface transport (trains, vessels, etc.). It will be based on a harmonized Fire Safety Engineering methodology which will link passive fire security with active fire security mode. This all embracing system is the key to attain optimum design solutions to respect fire safety objectives as an alternative to the prescriptive approach. It will help in the development of innovative solutions (design and products used for the building of the surface transport) which will better respect the environment. In order to reach these objectives new toxicity measurement methodology and related classification of materials, new numerical fire simulation tools, fire test methodology and a decision tool to optimize or explore new design in accordance to the fire safety requirements will be developed. A great effort of dissemination of TRANSFEU results with a significant contribution to European standardization process will also be undertaken. The participation of railway industrials, operators and fire science researchers, professional organisations for railway (UNIFE) and vessels (IMO) and finally standardisation organisations (CEN) demonstrates the great interest of TRANSFEU for the harmonisation of fire safety in all surface transports.