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To download LCAQuick, please click here.

You will see two versions of LCAQuick - one with the suffix "BLANK" and the other with the suffix "BLANK_INPUTS ONLY".

The "BLANK" version is the full working version of LCAQuick, which calculates environmental impacts based on the data you enter. Due to the size of the file, and the numbers of calculations that are performed, it can be slower.

If you wish, you can use the "BLANK_INPUTS ONLY" version initially to sort and enter your data. This version is a slimmed down copy that contains the functionality to enable you to enter data in the correct format but does not contain the functionality to calculate environmental impacts. Once you have your data in the correct format in this version, you can then copy and paste all the data into the "BLANK" version, which will calculate the environmental impacts. This process can be quicker and easier.

Note: that the "BLANK" version of LCAQuick is a 56 MB file, so it is best to use LCAQuick on a reasonably powerful computer. Also, please ensure that you are using Microsoft Excel from 2016 or later.

LCAQuick is primarily aimed at architects, designers, structural engineers and their clients, who want to evaluate the climate change (and other environmental impacts) associated with their building design. It can be used by anyone with an interest to understand the environmental impacts of buildings across the life cycle.

LCAQuick is a free tool aimed at informing early (concept and preliminary) design decisions.

The first version of LCAQuick was released in November 2016. This new version, released September 2019, contains new features summarised below:

Feature First version (Version 1.0) Latest version (Version 3.3) 
Platform Microsoft Excel  Microsoft Excel 
Tool architecture 

 12 separate files. A flow chart was required to

 find the correct version 

 One tool only
Application All building typologies
 All building typologies
Reference building library

 

  30 commercial office buildings

  (10 x 3 climate zones)

 - Commercial offices: 10 buildings in 3

   climate zones

 - Stand-alone houses: 8 buildings in 3

   climate zones

 - Medium-density housing: 1 building in

   3 climate zones

 - Apartments: 1 building in 3 climate

   zones

Materials environmental  impacts

Focussed on structure and enclosure of commercial office buildings

Expanded to include more materials used in residential construction

Operational energy:

Grid electricity 

Modelled as 3 year weighted average  environmental impacts between  2012 - 2014, and  extrapolated forward for the service life of the building.

Based on MBIE's Mixed Renewables scenario from Electricity demand and  generation scenarios (2016)

Constructions comparison toolNot availableIncludes the ability to compare alternative constructiuons on an embodied basis only.

Window and

door tool

Not availableWindows and doors tool added, so you can obtain material quantities based on  type of window/door, frame material, etc.

Training and support

YouTube training videos are available by going to YouTube www.youtube.com/user/BRANZmedia/playlists and selecting the "Building LCA" playlist. These were developed for the first version of LCAQuick, but much of the functionality remains the same.

We have an LCAQuick LinkedIn forum where we post answers to frequently asked questions.

If these don't help with your query, please email us using LCAQuick.help@branz.co.nz.

BRANZ provides free training and support to architects, designers, structural engineers and their clients who want to learn more about how to apply carbon footprinting and LCA to buildings, and/or who want to learn how to use LCAQuick. 

For further details, please email us at LCAQuick.help@branz.co..nz.

Inputs to LCAQuick

We have sought to make LCAQuick as quick and easy to use as possible. This version incorporates feedback received from users, so please keep this coming (by emailing LCAQuick.help@branz.co.nz).

LCAQuick has been designed so that it can be used with any BIM tool. It requires the following inputs:

  • Headline information about the project, such as building or project name, project number and gross floor area.
  • Material quantities, either as a material take-off from a BIM tool or developed by a quantity surveyor. The SR350 study report provides guidance on the required minimum level of development (LoD) required for BIM objects.
  • Results of an energy simulation, for example using defaults provided in the Building energy simulation (module B6) datasheet
  • An estimate of water consumption. Default values are provided in the Water use (module B7) datasheet.