Thinkstep’s GaBi software and data suite provides life cycle assessment modeling tools, allowing companies to assess and reduce the environmental impacts associated with all stages of a product from raw material extraction through manufacturing, use, and end- of-life disposal or recycling.
Using GaBi, companies are able to create Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) that provide detailed transparent information on a product’s overall sustainability. GaBi software is used on more than half of all EPDs conducted for the construction industry and close to 90% of those for IBU in Germany. More than 25 years of expertise is captured in the GaBi Life Cycle Inventory Databases that underpin the GaBi software suite. The databases contain more than 10,000 data sets that are updated annually. In addition, GaBi Data is third- party verified by Dekra. A streamlined version of GaBi, GaBi Envision, allows users without knowledge of life cycle assessment to solve complex product design issues GaBi is often implemented early in the design process to select between materials, allowing for changes to products or processes when they have the most impact.
GaBi can be integrated into customer IT systems or software for fully automated lifecycle assessment and EPD calculations. Customers report efficiency gains of more than 90% as a result of the automated generation of lifecycle assessments and EPDs. GaBi can be used to calculate the circularity index of a product to quantify a product’s contributions to the circular economy.
Thousands of Environmental Product Declarations have been created using GaBi, the company reports. GaBi has over 5,000 university and research institute users. The EU selected GaBi data as the standard for its Product Environmental Footprinting initiative. Verified EPDs for construction materials are growing rapidly, increasing by 50% in the last nine months of 2016, Thinkstep says. Globally, at least 50% of the 3,500 verified construction product EPDs to EN 15804 are produced from life cycle assessment studies done using GaBi, according to Thinkstep.