WtR Conversations Jens Rasmussen
- founder and partner of Helst Arkitekter, the Finnish architects behind Laske. A tool for calculating CO2.
With a climate crisis on our hands, it is no secret that we need to shift how plan, draw, build, operate and manage our real estate. We met up with Jens Rasmussen, founder and partner from Helst Arkitekter, the Finnish architects behind Laske, a tool for doing CO2 calculations from BIM models.
Like many architects you are focused on creating sustainable architecture, but you took it one step further, why was that?
Like so many others we take the footprint of the industry we work in very seriously and wanted to do something about it. In larger projects or firms you have whole teams calculating CO2, but even when you have access to experts for calculations, it's difficult and time consuming. We wanted to automate and simplify the process to make it accessible and usable throughout the process.
What is Laske?
Laske is a plugin to Archicad that allows you to export calculations of the CO2 effect from the model, with no more than three clicks. It generates diagrams and models that show how much emissions different building components cause , and simplifies investigating how much CO2 could be saved by for example changing the frame of a building, or the windows. Simply put it enables architects, builders and clients to make better and quantifiable decisions.
What's next for Laske?
At HELST architects we are already using LASKE in all our designs, but we want to spread the knowledge to more designers. Therefore we are now developing LASKE into a program that can be used by other companies. So we are working on developing LASKE into a program that can support Nordic architects and builders with automated CO2 calculations. Since we are now searching for the right partner that can support and fund the next step.