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Free Building Materials Carbon Calculator Compares CO2 Footprint for Various Building Materials

As house builders prepare for the 2016 target of zero carbon homes, The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM) has developed a free and easy-to-use Building Materials Carbon Calculator, which will analyse the embodied CO2 in the materials used in a building. The tool is the first of its kind and will help decision makers select the best material to minimise a building’s carbon footprint.

Richard Tipper, Director at ECCM explained: “This simple to use and understand tool is designed to clear the haze surrounding calculating a building’s materials footprint.  We receive lots of enquiries from the construction industry, all wanting to understand and analyse the CO­2 emissions of the materials used in building.  We developed a tool that allows users to type in the quantities for the materials used in each element of a building and then assess the associated CO2 using scientifically backed emissions data.”

The calculator will help clients, architects, builders and developers gain a clearer understanding of the environmental impact of their projects at the concept stage.  It also encourages comparison with alternative materials to lower the total CO2 emissions of a building’s materials’ footprint.

Architects White Design used the tool recently when working on the recently unveiled Re-Thinking School at Offsite07, The project aimed to produce a low carbon, sustainable learning environment for pupils.

Craig White, Director at White Design said: “A low embodied CO2 footprint was one of the main drivers for the project.  The carbon calculator indicated that the project was actually carbon negative – unheard of in most modern school building – thanks to careful materials selection and design.  We’re very proud of the 40.9 tonnes of CO2 saved.”

The free tool can be downloaded from:

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