ECCOlab is a unique platform designed by the industry for the industry, and represents the next-generation cost, carbon and energy platform for the built environment, designed for cloud and enterprise deployment.
ECCOlab was developed by its four partners, each expert in a specific area: carbon, cost, energy and software, all combined into one solution.
ECCOlab’s unique selling points are:
the ability to optioneer and thus optimise a buildings whole life financial, energy, and carbon costs through the analysis of multiple design iterations, not previously possible. This will guarantee that the scheme design eventually selected will be optimised at the lowest cost whilst embedding the least carbon and keeping the on-going operational energy cost to a minimum
a system designed and built by industry practitioners using tried and trusted algorithms already in use thus guaranteeing consistency and accuracy of output
automatic production of sustainable certification (e.g. BREEAM/LEED)
the only system available on the Web to combine lifecycle energy, embedded carbon and life cycle costs into one model
unique user friendly graphic user interface (GUI)
no installed software required so no IT capital expenditure decisions for users
availability on multiple platforms (Windows, Apple, Android) and devices (PC, laptops, smart phones, tablets)
ECCOlab features include:
high ease of use interface based on a Cards and Cardset metaphor
Trimble SketchUp and Autodesk Revit integration
interoperability using industry standards
cost, carbon and energy modules
high-performance design optioneering and optimisation
Amazon S3 based cloud storage and computation
SAAS based system so no client installed software required
ECCOlab encapsulates and automates the application of real world construction cost data, embodied carbon algorithms and energy analysis modules. The system was launched in prototype form at London Ecobuild 2012 and has been very well received in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) community.
ECCOlab will provide significant competitive advantage to AEC customers, enabling them to:
dramatically reduce time and cost of analysing concept design options
rapidly test multiple options
optimise design solutions to meet targets for embedded carbon, lifecycle energy usage and project life cycle cost
automatically produced sustainable certification (e.g. BREEAM/LEED)
share and collaborate across the design team
create incisive visualisations and reports
add value with new insights
be prepared for regulatory change
meet demands of forward thinking clients
The rationale for Rapiere is to provide architects, designers and engineers with an integrated way to assess the capital costs, operating costs, operational energy and carbon consumption of a building, or an estate of buildings or single project, during its lifecycle.
ECCOlab uses early stage design data to generate a 3D Building Information Model (BIM), attribute it with specification data and use that data to calculate whole-life costs, plus determine and help reduce embodied and operational carbon.
ECCOlab provides a total appraisal of options in relation to:
ventilation, heating and cooling strategies
building height, shape, location, etc.
As an example of how the platform can be used, a design team member, looking to present a number of design options to a client for a project can, using the software, run a number of scenarios via the platform, generating cost, energy and carbon efficiency data for each.
The optimum design solution can then be selected allowing the most sustainable solution to be found much earlier in the design process than is currently possible.
Previously, this would have involved running each scenario individually, manually passing the data between individual consultant’s analysis tools; a process that could take weeks and incur substantial costs. The reporting module generates a range of charts such as incremental carbon saving achieved per additional pound spent on the project, or a prediction of the lowest carbon option possible within a specified budget. It also automatically generates BREEAM/LEED certification reports: a growing requirement on any new project.