John Robertson Architects is leading the way in providing Life Cycle Services alongside our architectural design and delivery offerings. We are keen to share our knowledge across the industry and offer this service not only for our own projects, but to other design teams looking to understand the carbon and cost impacts of their designs.
A Building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology to evaluate the environmental impact of a building through all stages of construction and use. In particular it takes into account materials, construction methods, energy consumption from the occupancy of the building, repair and maintenance, and finally, disposal. LCA allows for some critical thinking around sustainability to be integrated into the design from the outset and can provide immense value for clients as well as the planet.
LCAs are also an effective way to gain points towards BREEAM accreditation and the BREEAM 2018 requirements recognise points for LCA and Life Cycle Costings as some of the most valuable in the accreditation process.
A Life Cycle Assessment can add value to our client’s projects by identifying:
Carbon equates to cost in the construction and use of buildings so it is important to reconcile the carbon costs identified by our LCA’s with capital and ongoing financial costs that our clients and are responsible for across the life of a project.
We offer Life Cycle Costing for projects so that our clients are empowered with the knowledge to make better decisions in terms of what will deliver best value from both a carbon and cost perspective.
JRA has a sustainability team led by Dr Colin Beattie, an expert in carbon in the built environment with a track record of over 20 years in architectural practice. Colin is able to carry out bespoke LCAs and Life Cycle Costings and is up to date with industry best practice. LCAs have been prepared for projects including our Bureau project, offices at 51 Moorgate, Procession House, and Space House, which is a project we are progressing with Seaforth Land and their design team.
If you would like to find out more about our service please email us.