We believe technology should help build a more enjoyable and environmentally sustainable world.
The default design and construction industry is outdated, slow, complex and unsustainable. Its vastly inefficient and leads to tremendous waste. Waste during construction and beyond, when weak design means a lifetime of increased running costs.
We are committed to making a more sustainable industry through constant research and re-evaluation of our processes. Our homes go beyond simply complying with statutory regulations ,as we believe we have a duty of care to provide the most energy efficient, low carbon footprint and liveable homes for your money.
At ARCOLOGIC everything we do is informed by a strong Sustainability ethos which has seen us scoop multiple Awards in this important space. "Business as usual" is no longer a viable alternative for us or the planet we live in, and since building activities are responsible for 23 % of Greenhouse Gas emissions in Australia, we need to improve our design and construction methods.
Within the home itself, 63 % of Energy used is for space heating and cooling, most of which can be eliminated through good design, orientation and the correct choice of materials. With soaring electricity and gas prices, it makes sense to invest a bit more upfront to avoid a lifetime of ongoing expenses and uncomfortable spaces.
Our Home Collections are assessed against world benchmarks to achieve extremely low Carbon Footprints, aiming for Carbon Neutrality or even Carbon Negative outcomes. We use locally invented but world leading E-Tool software to perform exhaustive testing to ensure our homes perform at the highest level in both Operational Carbon and Embodied Energy use. Not only does this save ongoing utility costs for the owner or landlord, but is the future we need to put in place to avoid catastrophic consequences to our fragile planet.
WHAT IS e-TOOL LCD ?
Life Cycle Design and Assessment software to model full environmental and cost impacts for buildings. eTool LCD produces comprehensive reports complete with comparable sustainable building data with outputs compliant with international standards ISO 14044 and EN 15978.
Life Cycle Assessment involves quantifying the total 'Embodied and Operational' energy over the entire design life of the building, by assessing every single impact aspect of a product or process over its entire life span. This approach is sometimes referred to as "cradle to cradle" if it accounts for full recycling, or "cradle to grave" if it ends in disposal.
Life Cycle Design and Assessment :
Ensures a genuinely sustainable and high performance outcome for your project
Quantifies and measures your design and takes the guess-work out of sustainable building.
Identifies important areas of improvement for your design.
WHAT IS EMBODIED ENERGY ?
Embodied energy refers to the energy and/or carbon required to construct and maintain a building over its entire design life including :
Materials- Energy used to extract the raw materials and process them into useable building products available at the gate of the factory.
Transport- Energy used to transport the building materials from the factory gate to the building site.
Assembly- Energy used to construct and create the building.
Recurring - Energy used to maintain and replace certain building elements over the entire life span of the building
Demolition and Recycling - Energy used to demolish and recycle the building and feed the resultant materials back into the building materials 'food chain'.
Embodied Energy of some typical building materials
Source : My Home Technical Manual. Illustration : Arcologic
WHAT IS OPERATIONAL ENERGY ?
Operational Energy is the amount of energy required to run the building over its design life and includes appliances such as Air-Conditioners, Hot Water systems, Refrigeration and Lighting.
WHAT BENCHMARK IS USED ?
The Residential Benchmark is a weighted average calculation of embodied and operational carbon for an 'average' residential building which is used as a measuring stick against which all new residential premises can be compared.
eTool Ratings provide a summary rating system that follows the familiar medal system enabling quick comparisons between projects. Functional units come into play to allow fair comparison between different building life spans, construction and size. For example, a residential building will have its carbon emissions reduction measured per occupant per year.
In Western Australia all new dwellings must comply with minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (the Star Rating System) in which new homes must achieve a 6 Star Rating minimum or equivalent. Our homes score well beyond the minimum, but as the below diagram illustrates the Energy Efficiency Standards focus on just 24 % of the total Carbon Emissions of a new home. That is part of the reason we have trained in and implemented the eTool LCD system of rating so that we can offer a far more comprehensive and accurate reflection of the true Sustainability of your home. Unlike others, when we claim to design our homes to Sustainable Principles we are looking at the complete picture and not just a snapshot.
Our materials and products we use are chosen for their low carbon footprint, ease of maintenance, durability and attractiveness. We use Local suppliers wherever feasible to reduce associated transport energy costs and support local industry.
We have years of experience in using various systems and products so have narrowed our searches down to the ones that deliver most in terms of reliability, aeshetics, ease of use, environmental performance and cost effectiveness.