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LCA Software Can Help Designers Earn Green Building Credits

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute has released an update to its life cycle assessment (LCA) software package for North American building designers.

The Impact Estimator for Buildings v4.5 is free and compliant whole building LCA software for those seeking the LCA credits in Green Globes and LEED v4 green building rating systems.

Enhancements and updates in the latest version include:

  • New and updated cradle-to-grave North American steel product data;
  • New GAF TPO roofing membrane data;
  • Supports new user defined concrete mix designs and blended cements;
  • Includes latest CORRIM US regional wood product data;
  • New Canadian wood products data (LVL, I-joists and CLT);
  • Updated end-of-life landfill process data;
  • New bio-products carbon accounting scenarios including end-of-life effects;
  • Updated metal building systems LCI data and assembly quantity take-offs;
  • Full compatibility with the EPA’s TRACI v2.1 characterization method; and
  • New software auto update capability.


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