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LCAQuick: Life cycle assessment tool


LCAQuick is a free tool developed by BRANZ that helps architects, designers and structural engineers make sustainable design decisions. It evaluates the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of a building design.

Download LCAQuick

There are two versions of LCAQuick - both are free:

LCAQuickV3.4.2

This is the full working version of LCAQuick, which calculates environmental impacts based on the data you enter. (Using LCAQuick Data Entry to sort and format your data first can make the calculation process quicker but it is not necessary.)

Download LCAQuickV3.4.2.

LCAQuickV3.4.2 Data Entry

This is a lighter version of LCAQuick that allows you to sort and format your data correctly but does not contain the functionality to calculate environmental impacts.Once your data is in the correct format, you can copy and paste it into the full version of LCAQuickV3.4, which will then calculate the environmental impacts.

Download LCAQuickV3.4.2 Data Entry.

About LCAQuick

Use LCAQuick to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) and understand the potential environmental impacts of a building design across the life cycle. The latest version of the tool includes:

  • evaluation of different building typologies
  • a reference building library for:
    • 10 commercial office buildings in three climate zones
    • eight stand-alone houses, one medium-density housing and one apartment building in three climate zones
  • environmental impact of materials used in commercial office building and residential housing construction in New Zealand
  • operational energy use from grid electricity
  • comparison of alternative constructions based on embodied carbon
  • a tool to calculate material quantities of windows and doors based on window/door type and frame material
  • a Green Star outputs worksheet that puts LCA results into a format that can be pasted directly into the New Zealand Green Building Council's LCA calculator tool [XLSX, 383 KB]
  • a separate editable PDF template report to support a Green Star submission for obtaining the LCA points under credit 19A.

Compatibility

The full version of LCAQuickV3.4.2 is a 57 MB Excel spreadsheet, so it runs best in Microsoft Excel from 2016 or later on a reasonably powerful computer.

Version history

The first version of LCAQuick was released in November 2016. Version 3.4 was released in March 2020. See LCAQuick: Version history for a list of the main features and major changes between versions.

Disclaimer

The LCAQuick tool is provided free to use at your own risk. BRANZ accepts no liability or responsibility for any adverse consequences suffered by you or any third party that arise in connection with your use of the LCAQuick tool. By accessing or using the LCAQuick tool, you are deemed to have accepted the terms of the LCAQuick disclaimer and BRANZ's general website terms and conditions.

Inputs to LCAQuick

LCAQuick has been designed so that it can be used with any building information modelling (BIM) tool.

It requires the following inputs:

Training and support

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

To arrange training, please email LCAQuick.help@branz.co.nz.

Training videos

LCAQuick training videos are available from the BRANZ YouTube channel. These were developed for the first version of LCAQuick but much of the functionality remains the same.

Discussion forum

You are welcome to join our LCAQuick LinkedIn forum, where we post answers to frequently asked questions.

Enquire about LCAQuick

For more information about LCAQuick, you are welcome to email:

Give feedback

By incorporating feedback from users, we aim to make LCAQuick as quick and easy to use as possible. If you wish to give feedback or suggest a feature, you are welcome to email LCAQuick.help@branz.co.nz.