AC36 Class Rule
During the establishment of the 36th America’s Cup Class Rule, ETNZ (Defender) and Luna Rossa (Challenger of Record) were keen to include sustainability requirements in the construction of the AC75.
The pilot version of the LCA tool was applied to a concept AC75. The results were used to assist authors of the Class Rule in mandating a series of sustainable construction methods for Rule 7.8 Construction of a hull must meet the first time in America’s Cup history.
Construction of a hull must meet at least two of the following criteria (where the mould refers to the mould or moulds for at least 80% of the outside skin of the hull surface ):
(a) the mould plug is constructed of recyclable material (e.g. PET), with that plug being delivered to a recycling plant by 1st January 2021
(b) the mould plug is constructed of recycled material
(c) the mould plug is constructed of sustainably sourced material (e.g. timber)
(d) at least 10% of the carbon reinforcement used in the mould is from recycled sources
(e) the mould is constructed from fibres with low embodied energy (e.g. basalt)
(f) a life-cycle analysis is performed on the hull to the satisfaction of the Measurement Committee.