ecoScorecard: Making It Easier
LEED documentation got you down? You’re not alone. The task of evaluating product data for the materials credits is especially cumbersome because of all the variables. Task chairs – there are thousands on the market, each with options that will skew the percentages for many of the M&R credits.
Antidotal research shows that designers spend hundreds if not thousands of unbillable hours on some projects researching and calculating the contributions specific products will make toward achieving LEED points.
What if you could do it on the fly? Take a chair, put a fabric on it, calculate the final assembled product. Done! Change the fabric, recalculate. Done!
ecoScorecard can do that. A web-based tool accessed through a participating manufacturer’s website, ecoScorecard automates the process for searching, evaluating and documenting any available product catalog against every rating system in North America and Canada - in 30 seconds or less.
According to CEO Paul Shahriari, “we want to make it easier for the designer to get the information they want on smaller type things like materials and interior air quality so they can spend more time on the energy, water and bigger picture stuff that owners are really starting to focus on.”
Manufacturers supply the information that populates ecoScorecard and provide it to the end user free of charge. The deliverable is a pdf file that is, in essence, an LCA that would normally take months to assemble. It’s a win-win for both. At the moment ecoScorecard’s participating manufacturers is great for flooring; other product sectors are limited, but Shahriari promises other companies are coming on board.
ecoScorecard just introduced its new plug-in that works with Google SketchUp and provides a link between popular BIM (Building Information Modeling) tools and environmental rating systems such as LEED, GGHC Labs 21, CHPS, the NAHB Green Home Building Guidelines and other third-party product certifications.
"The BIM process is built on the concept of coordinated information, and ecoScorecard takes that process a step further by providing an immediate to link to environmental product attributes and rating system calculations,” said Martin Flaherty, president of ecoScorecard. "Users can now pull data from
ecoScorecard enabled products directly into the model and use that information throughout the design process."
Be sure to watch the demo and featured videos for a tour of what this promising tool can do for you.