Tally™ offers a dramatic shift from traditional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies—which are compiled largely by trained practitioners. Typically, conducting LCAs for buildings and construction has been time and labor intensive, and most Life Cycle Assessments are performed after construction is already complete. Tally™ puts LCA information in the hands of the design team, enabling life cycle-based product decisions at the same pace and within the same working environment as building designs are generated.
"Tally™ takes a big step in driving Life Cycle Assessment into the design process. It is appealing to designers because they don’t need to make a separate model for analysis, and it creates a streamlined and intuitive interface for designers to interact with their models," says
Life Cycle Assessment is part of a larger framework for reducing the environmental impact of buildings, which includes current standards such as Passive House, Living Building Challenge, and the 2030 Challenge aimed at reducing energy consumption in buildings. As energy codes become more stringent and operations-related environmental impacts drop, the demand for LCA results is mounting. New standards, such as the United States Green Building Council’s LEED v4, reward project teams that utilize whole building LCA via a new materials and resources credit.
Tally™ is an environmental impact tool created by architects for the architecture industry. KieranTimberlake developed the application using Autodesk’s Revit API in order to link BIM elements with a custom-designed LCA database. Tally™ combines material attributes, assembly details, and engineering and architectural specifications with environmental impact data to produce reports designers can use to analyze material selections. With Tally™, users can track the environmental impact of materials across a range of categories, such as embodied energy and global warming potential.
KieranTimberlake conceived the application in 2008 and began refining it in partnership with Autodesk Sustainability Solutions. The beta version was presented to feedback groups in 2012 during Greenbuild in
Tally™ will be initially available as a free public beta, with previews at Greenbuild 2013 in
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