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Finnish One Click LCA expands sustainability software with Buildrz acquisition, boosting AI capabilities in real estate development

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One Click LCA, a company specializing in life-cycle assessment software for the construction and manufacturing industries, has acquired Buildrz, a Paris-based firm known for its generative AI platform for real estate development. The acquisition is seen as a strategic move for One Click LCA, aligning with its goal of offering a comprehensive sustainability software platform. Buildrz’s platform is designed to simplify real estate development processes by optimizing buildable surfaces and evaluating various economic and environmental factors.

This acquisition comes after One Click LCA secured €40 million in funding to support its global growth. The integration of Buildrz’s platform is expected to enhance One Click LCA’s offerings, enabling users to conduct integrated feasibility studies, cost analyses, and carbon analyses using generative AI. This move is aimed at helping users identify low-carbon projects early in the design phase and ensuring compliance with building regulations.

One Click LCA, based in Helsinki, specializes in providing automated life-cycle assessment (LCA) software for the construction and manufacturing industries. Their platform is designed to calculate and reduce the environmental impacts of buildings, infrastructure, and products. Additionally, One Click LCA offers assessments for circularity, life-cycle cost, and biodiversity. The company has a global reach, with its software being used in over 170 countries. One Click LCA supports more than 80 standards and certifications, including RE2020, HQE, BREEAM, Level(s), and GRESB, making it a versatile tool for sustainability assessment in various contexts.

Founded in 2016 in Paris, Buildrz supports property developers, architects, and local authorities at every phase of their real estate development projects, starting from site sourcing and extending through the permitting process. Through its innovative SaaS-based real estate development platform, Buildrz is a one-stop tool for property developers and architects to perform generative design in order to optimize buildable surfaces on any given plot while also meeting the necessary urban planning requirements. Backed up by the database of urban plans, Buildrz evaluates land use change, net zero artificialization, views and daylighting and economic value of the projects, enabling customers to identify and qualify sites that offer the best economic opportunities. Currently, Buildz serves around 50 customers across France.

“At Buildrz, our goal is to provide developers and architects the tools to build more effectively and responsibly amid growing regulations and requirements,” says Manuel Verrier, Founder and CEO of Buildrz. “Powered by artificial intelligence and open data, our comprehensive platform allows users to go deeper in their analysis and make faster decisions at all project phases, ultimately saving developer teams an average of €100,000 annually.”

In late 2023, One Click LCA secured a €40 million funding round led by InfraVia and PSG Equity to boost global growth. Buildrz’s complementary strength accelerates One Click LCA’s strategy to become the definitive end-to-end sustainability software platform for construction and manufacturing.

Complementary to Buildrz’s strengths, One Click LCA helps architects, developers, and other players in the construction value chain decarbonize their projects by providing powerful, global life-cycle assessment, environmental product declaration, and sustainability solutions. Together with Buildrz, One Click LCA will bring an integrated feasibility study and cost and carbon analysis powered by a generative AI to its users. The combination will allow users to identify low-carbon projects already before design is started, and ensures code compliance.

“We’re very excited to join forces with Buildrz, and will be working together to bring out new tools that allow reducing cost and carbon emissions of projects starting from the pre-design stage, in France and globally,” says Panu Pasanen, Founder & CEO of One Click LCA. “Generative design significantly upgrades the capability of the real estate industry, and allows creating better projects faster, which also are more successful in planning applications. With Buildrz, we pursue our strategy of global expansion, with an enhanced presence in France, and delivering to our users an end-to-end sustainability software platform for the built environment.”

“A real estate project is always a complex balance between technical, economic, and environmental requirements, and we are thrilled to combine Buildrz’ generative design with One Click LCA’s expertise for carbon and sustainability,” says Manuel Verrier, CEO of Buildrz. “Joining forces with One Click LCA allows us to reach a global user base and provide critical solutions to transform the construction industry to become more efficient and sustainable.”

The first joint solutions are targeted for the end of the year, and they will be made available to the customers through One Click LCA. Also, an integration of the existing tools is planned. With Buildrz, One Click LCA will serve customers in over 170 countries.

One Click LCA is supported by two minority investors, PSG Equity and InfraVia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Nurcin Metingil
Nurcin Metingil
A permanent student, a passionate first reader and nowadays doing master’s degree in Publishing Management. Beside these, I am up for games! I have been playing games since I was 6. Now, I am whispering "Business. Business. Numbers. Is this working?"

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