Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is important because we can only manage what we measure and LCA is recognised as one of the best methods of measuring ecological burdens and benefits. LCA is also a window on innovation as well as due diligence. The Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation (CRC CI), CSIRO, RMIT, ecospecifier, Evah Associates and other teams have worked on such LCA tools and databases since 1995 with input from a wide range of primary and secondary industry supply chain segments. Lack of competitor agreement on data or methods is an ongoing historical reality but alone it is not sufficient reason to discourage people from applying the existing valuable body of LCA knowledge to improve their environmental performance.
Evah Associates use and develop LCI databases compiled by:
Government, Research and Industry teams under confidentiality agreements since 1995
Groups in key primary and secondary industry on local and overseas inventory data.
Partners in Tables 1 and 2 with knowledge from buying and researching products.
Teams working in mineral, timber, fuel, power, metal, polymer and chemical segments.
Scientists with public access data on licensed operations, resource quality and emissions.
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Jones D. G., Watson P. & Mitchell P. (2004) Environmental assessment for commercial buildings: Stakeholder requirements & tool characteristics Report 2001-006-B-01, Icon.Net, Australia.
Jones D.G., Watson P., Scuderi P. & Mitchell P. (2006) Ch 10: Clients’ Building Product Ecoprofiling Needs, in Brown K., Hampson K. & Brandon P. (Eds) Clients Driving Construction Innovation: Moving Ideas into Practice. ISBN 1-7410712-8-3 Icon.Net Australia.
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Watson P., Jones D. G., Mitchell P. (2004) Are Australian Building Eco-Assessment Tools Meeting Stakeholder Decision-Making Needs? pp 371-377 in Contexts of Architecture, Procs 38th Architectural Science Ass & Intl Building Performance Simulation Ass, Australia.
The NSW and Queensland Government, CRC CI, CSIRO, RMIT, ecospecifier, Evah Associates working on our LCA tools and databases since 1995 have been helped by experts contributing data on the broadest industry sectors. While individuals from other groups working to agree on LCA data development methods may disparage many existing LCA providers, such lack of agreement across industry groups is in the nature of competition and this historical reality is ongoing now and for the foreseeable future.
As LCA is a window on innovation as well as control systems it is unwise to apply self-serving excuses to delay uptake of the body of existing LCA and LCI to asses environmental performance and opportunity or ensure responsible planning and management. Doing no LCA is to actually implement the worst LCA results that do not measure, defend or increase the quality of a client's green outcomes in the interim.
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