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ZERO – Lecture 3 | Ross Donaldson & Richard Haynes

9 Sep 2020 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm AWST

Free – $10

Design strategies for minimising embodied carbon 

Materials and components & eTool – demonstration platform for iterative designing carbon reduction

The WA Chapter is thrilled to deliver the ZERO Carbon Design Series, running as live events August – November 2020. 
*The series will be available to be streamed online via the Institute’s CPD Platform FREE for 6months thereafter.

The ZERO Carbon Design series has been developed by Ross Donaldson to help accelerate the capacity for meeting the enormous challenges brought about by climate change. To meet the critical challenge for a zero carbon economy, it is increasingly accepted that the target for a zero carbon construction industry must be 2030. Given a great number of buildings can take upward of five years from inception to completion, this means we must all be ready to designing to zero carbon parameters by 2025.

This is going to take an unprecedented re-engineering of our profession.

The seven lecture seminar series is intended to provide practical guidelines and case study insights which will enable practitioners to start the journey now. Some of you are of course already on the journey. The course is presented primarily by engineers and designed to be helpful for small and large practices.

We hope you will make the most of it by participating in all sessions. Each seminar will bring one CPD point for registered architects.


·       Overview of Life Cycle Design and why it is important for the ow carbon economy and low carbon buildings.

·       Demonstration of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a design process – the story of a zero carbon building design.

·       LCA in practice (via the software demonstration):

o   BIM Integration and LCA

o   Changing your building inputs

o   Running low carbon design scenarios

·       Functionality and design life as important aspects of low carbon design

·       Review design strategies (and pitfalls) that typically rate highly in terms of carbon reaction.

Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

  • Define Life Cycle Assessment LCA, explain why it is important for the low carbon economy and low carbon buildings.
  • Cite the international and regional standards that cover the application of LCA.
    Describe how LCA fits into the design process, understand when to engage LCA in the design process and describe why engaging early is important.
  • Recall the use of Life Cycle Assessment in practice (via the software demonstration):
    • BIM Integration and LCA
    • Changing your building inputs
    • Running low carbon design scenarios
  • Explain why functionality and design life are important aspects of low carbon design
  • List design strategies that typically rate highly in terms of carbon reaction.
  • Explain (and avoid) the most common pitfall in low carbon design.
  • Know where to get help and resources.


Members: FREE
Non-members: $10


Ross Donaldson

Ross Donaldson was CEO and Chairman of Woods Bagot from 2006-2016, leading the practice to its dramatic growth internationally to become the world’s 6th largest practice in 2014 and in 2016 the 7th “Most Admired” firm (WA100), judged by its international peers.

He is a champion of the imperative for sustainable development and has presented numerous lectures internationally on sustainable models for cities and their liveability. In 2008 he established a partnership with Buro Happold to develop software for designing for zero emissions.

Prior to joining Woods Bagot in 2001 he had his own small practice and taught at UWA.


Cofounder and CoCEO, Product Manager

Rich is an engineer with over 20 years of experience in consulting, management and software design. His experience spans multiple sectors including mining, electricity utilities, renewable energy and construction.  He is passionate about the environment and continuous improvement.

Growing up on a farm in NSW, Richard spent a lot of time outdoors where he developed a great respect for nature and the environment. His real journey towards co-founding eTool started back in 2008 on a mini expedition across a Canadian icecap.  He saw firsthand the damaging effects of climate change on the glaciers and made a personal promise to dedicate what talents he had to reducing global warming.

Since then, Richard has been the driving force behind software development bringing eToolLCD market and makings sure it is a leader in user experience, availability, accuracy and most importantly low carbon design capability.

Outside of work Rich is a proud and active father of three boys who he is slowly introducing to the wilderness.  He’s looking forward to them accompanying him more on his trekking, climbing, biking, and back country skiing adventures where he’s been most moved by nature.

*This event will be strictly in line with the WA Government Covid restrictions – limited capacities apply.


9 Sep 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm AWST
Free – $10
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