Life Cycle Assessments

Life Cycle Assessments

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the analysis and quantification of carbon (or carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e)) emissions associated with a building and/or its constituent parts over its whole life, to determine Whole Life Carbon (WLC) emissions.

TFT optimises WLC emissions of buildings through our detailed LCA and optioneering service, in compliance with the RICS and British Standards, considering both direct emissions and embodied carbon (Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions as per the Greenhouse Gas Protocol).

We identify carbon reduction strategies to meet legislative requirements, such as national and local planning policy, but typically encourage clients to push beyond this and target an enhanced percentage reduction or full compliance with certification assessment methods (e.g. BREEAM and LEED).

As well as reducing the environmental impact of developments at design stage, we review WLC emissions ‘as built’ to assess whether the constructed building has met the design intent.

We also routinely apply LCA to help organisations identify indirect (Scope 3) emissions from their overall value chain. These often feature as part of company reporting for financial reports, Science Based Targets (SBT’s) and sustainability reporting frameworks such as CDP, GRESB and REEB.