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Calculating project life-cycle carbon/cost

With the increasing pressure public agencies are facing to reduce the CO2 emissions and costs of projects, whole life cost performance in strategic procurement is more important than ever.

Mott MacDonald’s LifeCYCLE tool allows you to save substantially on whole life carbon and costs by considering an asset’s future performance at an early stage. LifeCYCLE helps you identify substantial reductions in both CO2 and costs over the whole life of a project, from conception to demolition. Used as integral part of your project, LifeCYCLE can make it as effective, efficient, and enduring as possible.

LifeCYCLE is the first cost and carbon modeling tool that quantifies the carbon associated with constructing, upgrading, and operating assets, and helps planners and designers to substantially reduce it. It does the following:

  • Computes capital cost, life-cycle cost and CO2 in one calculation
  • Calculates alternative scenarios
  • Produces output resource, waste, and inflation reports
  • Produces reports and methodologies to ISO and best practice standards
  • Models alternative life spans of a project
  • Optimizes specification based on whole-life performance
  • Adjusts more accurately for time and location
  • Models between new build and refurbishment
  • Allows for changes in frequency of activities and expenditure profiles
  • Models the impact of transporting materials

LifeCYCLE incorporates a massive database of construction materials and elements, and the associated financial and embodied carbon cost. The tool can derive financial costs and embodied carbon for new components, based on information about its production, transport to site and on-site processing. It produces reports of annual expenditures, summaries, distribution profiles, cumulative profiles, quantities of resources required, and waste.

With LifeCYCLE, reports can be produced on capital costs, life-cycle costs, and CO2 at the same time. Data can be changed to align in-built high-level assumptions to the actual project: for example, changes can be made to maintenance frequencies, the resources used and their costs, methods of transport, discounts, waste levels, and much more.

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