BCIS launches tool to measure whole life costs and carbon

The Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) has recently launched a tool that measures and reports on both whole life costs and whole life carbon emissions.

The Life Cycle Evaluator combines BCIS’s extensive cost data with detailed carbon data from the Built Environment Carbon Database (BECD).

James Fiske, BCIS CEO and chair of the BECD steering group, said, “By combining reliable and consistent cost and carbon data, which crucially complies with industry standards and is fully auditable, Life Cycle Evaluator empowers professionals to make informed decisions that optimise both project budget and environmental impact.

“Everyone in the industry, regardless of their role, can play a part in reducing harmful emissions. Realistically, though, we know it’s not always easy to incorporate carbon assessments into project planning, especially where there is limited experience within the team. Anything we can do to make that process more streamlined and efficient will be of significant benefit.”

BCIS now offers a new service called Life Cycle Evaluator, which aims to reduce carbon emissions in the construction industry. This comes after the launch of the Cost and Carbon Materials Database and the Built Environment Carbon Database.

The Life Cycle Evaluator includes a component database and allows users to add their own. It covers all the stages of a project’s life, from construction to maintenance, replacement, and disposal.

The service is designed to align with the whole life carbon assessment standard from RICS, this is said to make it easier for users to generate reports in different formats without having to worry about the standard’s complex requirements.

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