This August, James Leiper, Structural Project Engineer with Pritchard Francis, has been recognised by the eToolLCD community for his commitment to working towards a more sustainable future. James recently had his eTool model of Condor Tower certified by the eToolLCD team, meaning he is now a recognised eToolLCD user.
The eToolLCD team recently asked James about his interest in sustainability and he had the following to say:
What does sustainable building mean to you?
“I see sustainable building as that which accounts for the needs of the present, without compromising the needs of the future society. I like thinking of sustainable designs as those incorporating a really holistic approach to design, where innovation across the different disciplines can come together to create something amazing!”
What inspires you about life cycle design?
“I love that you can demonstrate the true benefits of using more sustainable products over their full life cycle. It helps prevent the “easy way out” approach of maybe using the cheapest up-front solution, as often the more sustainable option will be the smarter and more economical choice over time.”
What do you like about creating your own LCA models?
“I like being able to change elements in the models at my leisure to get the full picture and where we, as designers, can have the most impact! There’s also nothing quite like knowing how much you’re doing to contribute to sustainability in design on your own projects.”
Life Cycle Design (LCD) is an integrative design method that uses life cycle assessment to assess every single impact aspect of a produce or process over its entire life span. This approach is referred to as “cradle to cradle” if it accounts for full recycling or “cradle to grave” if it ends in disposal.
Pritchard Francis currently implements this approach in the comparison of early concept structural schemes to get a better understanding of their respective environmental impacts.
For more information on Life Cycle Design visit eTool’s website or contact a member of the Pritchard Francis team.