Payette is excited to announce another update to Kaleidoscope, our web-based tool to bring the imperative topic of Embodied Carbon further into our design process.
This update to Kaleidoscope expands upon the interior assemblies to now include ceilings.
Kaleidoscope is designed to supplement, not replace, whole-building Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in early design phases. It is meant to be a reference for order of magnitude of early LCA decisions allowing designers to quickly compare the embodied carbon impacts of various standard building systems. Kaleidoscope allows designers to compare the embodied carbon of envelope, flooring and ceiling assembly types through multiple lenses such as global warming potential, all life cycle impacts, by material within each assembly and lifespan. To learn more about this imperative topic, you can read about the time value of carbon here.
We have added a new section to Kaleidoscope specifically for ceiling systems, organized by their general construction type (Metal, Hard Ceiling, Cloud, Lay-In Tile, Open Ceiling and Wood). Similar to the flooring assemblies, a material health lens is included to show compliance with Payette’s Material Health Policy. More information on each system can be found in the Assumptions, located on the pop-out toggled by clicking on the system name in the Assembly Legend.
Tell us how you are using Kaleidoscope on your projects in the comment below! To request additional features, email us at email@example.com.
Read our previous posts about Kaleidoscope
Introducing Kaleidoscope: Embodied Carbon Design Tool
Kaleidoscope 2.0: Embodied Carbon Design Tool Updates