LISA

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Streamlined Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) decision support tool for construction. It was developed in response to requests by architects and industry professionals for a simplified LCA tool to assist in green design. LISA stands for LCA in Sustainable Architecture. Screen Shots

Keywords

life cycle analysis, sustainability, utilisation, embodied energy

Validation/Testing

N/A.

Expertise Required

No special training required, help files are included to assist use of interactive case studies.

Users

400

Audience

Architects, construction industry professionals, educators, and researchers.

Input

Bill of Materials & Quantities (along with possible alternative materials such as concrete which uses fly ash, a waste product from power production as a cement extender. From a sustainability perspective this reduces the need for energy intensive cement production). Work Schedule�e.g. Fuel consumption by construction equipment. HVAC, Services and Fittings. Utilisation schedules.

Data is entered into existing interactive case studies to determine the environmental impact (in terms of the sustainability and energy use) of design and material alternatives.

A developer mode exists for those who wish to add their own interactive case studies and findings to the knowledge embodied in the existing case study list. This feature can only be accessed by obtaining a developer password from info@lisa.com.au.

In developer mode equations that relate to material use and service use such as water and electricity are generated. These are typically associated with stages in the life cycle of the building typical stages. Includes but are not confined to: specification, construction, appliances, fitout, utilisation, transportation, decommissioning/recycling, and material transport.

Output

Output is in graphical and table form showing the environmental impact of each stage in terms of: resource energy use� in GJ, GGE in tonnes of equivalent CO2, SPM, NMVOC, Water, NOx, and SOx. Base Material Data and a Bill of Material Quantities are also reported.

Computer Platform

PC, Pentium class or higher with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP.

Programming Language

Visual Basic

Strengths

LCA, highlights the strengths and weaknesses of a building in terms of energy.

Weaknesses

Doesn't do thermal modelling.

Contact

Company:

University of Newcastle

Address:

Centre for Sustainable Technology
Port Macquarie, NSW
Australia

E-mail:

help@lisa.au.com

Website:

http://www.lisa.au.com

Availability

Free Download from www.lisa.au.com.