One Click LCA

Carbon data / 3D back to BIM

What does this feature do?

This feature allows showing the carbon emissions data in Revit / Simplebim. In Revit you can currently only display the emissions and in Simplebim this way you can visualize your LCA results in 3D. The shown emission data used are the A1-A3 values that are taken from the EPDs. 

How do you use this feature with Revit?

In order to use this feature you will need to have a BIM model which you can open Revit. You will need to first upload this model, and in the mapping phase assign material choices from the database. Once the mapping is done you can login to the One Click LCA plugin in Revit you will then be able to use this feature. This workflow describes how to use the 'Carbon data back to BIM' feature in Revit. This works in all versions of Revit.

Step 1: Open a model in Revit and start the One Click LCA plugin.

Open a model in Revit, once you have opened the model start the One Click LCA plugin.

Step 2: Upload this model to the One Click LCA platform and map your material choices.

Once you have decided which categories and materials you want to include in your calculation, you can upload the model to the One Click LCA platform. It is important that you press 'save mappings' once done with making your material choices. For more information on how to import files from Revit, please check here: Revit Integration.

Step 3: In Revit, open the same model you mapped earlier.

In Revit reopen the same model of which you have previously made the mapping choices on the One Click LCA platform.

Step 4: Navigate to the One Click LCA plugin in Revit, and log in. 

Use your One Click LCA username and password.
Step 4: Log in on the One Click LCA Revit Plugin

Step 5: Click on the 'Results' tab.

Click on the 'Results' tab and the plugin will now collect the required data from the One Click LCA platform. You can already do this step without uploading the model as well, as the One Click LCA platform will then check if there is already available data, however if you have very specific naming of the materials then it is recommended to upload the model first.



After clicking on the 'Results' tab you will be able to see the carbon data. You can group the results by category, material, carbon intensity and carbon impact.
Carbon results in Revit

How do you use this feature with Simplebim?

In order to use this feature you will need to have a BIM model which you can open either in Simplebim or the BIM reader tool. You will need to first upload this model, and in the mapping phase assign material choices from the database. Once the mapping is done you can login to the One Click LCA plugin in Simplebim and you will then be able to see the results. This workflow describes how to use the 'Carbon data back to BIM' feature in Simplebim and the BIM reader tool. Only works with supported versions of Simplebim.

Step 1: First the One Click LCA plugin in Simplebim

Once you have opened Simplebim or the One Click LCA BIM tool, open the desired model.

Step 2: Upload this model to the One Click LCA platform and map your material choices.

Click on 'Calculate in One Click LCA' and upload your model to the One Click LCA platform, and make your material choices. It is important that you press 'save mappings' once done with the mapping. For more information on how to import files from Simplebim or the One Click LCA BIM reader tool, please check here: One Click LCA BIM tool & Simplebim integration

Step 3: Login to the One Click LCA plugin in Simplebim

After you are done with the mapping on the One Click LCA platform, go back to Simplebim and click on the 'Visualize LCA results in 3D' tab. Please login with your One Click LCA username and password.
Login to the One Click LCA plugin

Step 4: View your results and visualize them in 3D

After you login you will immediately see the carbon data, and have the option to visualize these results in 3D. There are numerous options which you can use to visualize the results.

- Show results by highest carbon emitters, intensity or carbon calculation status
- Show results by carbon impact (First third, first half, 80% of total, last 20%)
- Show results by carbon intensity (Highest, second highest, second lowest, lowest)
- Show results by carbon calculation status (calculated, not calculated)

Furthermore you can also choose the option 'Opaque All' and then select individual rows (right table) to see which part in the building is responsible for the emissions.
Simplebim 3D visualization
You will also be able to see which material choices were made on the One Click LCA platform by clicking on 'Show material details'. It will then open a small tab in the One Click LCA plugin which displays the detailed information about the chosen resource.
Material details

Is this feature available to me?

This feature is available in all Expert license packages. This does require a Revit or Simplebim license. (BIM reader tool is also supported).

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