Building Carbon Footprint Analysis
CleanMetrics now offers an integrated carbon footprint solution for building
construction and operation. Using our standards-based life-cycle inventory database and our life-cycle assessment software tools, we can
provide reliable and high-quality life-cycle carbon footprint assessments for
the construction and operation of buildings and other infrastructure.
Why Buildings Carbon Footprints?
Food, shelter and clothing are not just the three basic necessities, but are
also among the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions from a consumption
perspective. Residential and commercial energy use -- primarily the operational
energy use of homes and offices, including heating, cooling, lighting and
running electronics -- account for 40% of CO2 emissions from fossil
fuel combustion in the United States, according to the
There are well-established
standards for green construction that cover a broader spectrum of
qualitative and quantitative metrics. A process-oriented life-cycle carbon
footprint analysis is a complementary analytical tool that focuses attention on
hot spots and inefficiencies over the entire life cycle, and provides a
framework for trade-offs and optimization.
What are Building Carbon Footprints?
The carbon footprint of a building or infrastructure is the total amount of
carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted over the life cycle
of that building, expressed as kilograms of CO2
equivalents. This includes all greenhouse gases generated in the manufacture of
the raw materials, construction of the building, transport of materials
to the construction site, operation of the building, periodic refurbishment and
replacement of materials, and
end-of-life disposal of the building materials. The life cycle carbon footprint
of a building or infrastructure system is a crucial performance metric that
should be monitored and optimized.
At CleanMetrics, we have worked on a broad range of commercial projects using
life-cycle methods and focused on carbon footprints. Our work has included
analyses of construction materials and products, as well as development of software tools and
databases designed for comprehensive life cycle assessments of buildings from
construction to operation to end of life. One of our core software products is
BuildingScope, a web-based life-cycle assessment
tool focusing on greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in buildings. Our mission is to help
your business address the challenge of sustainable production and consumption
with the best collection of tools, data and expertise.
Our modeling and analysis generally include these key features:
- Energy use and GHG emissions in the construction phase -- including materials, freight transport, energy, and water used to produce modular components, assemblies and entire buildings.
- Carbon emissions and sequestration due to land-use changes, landscaping, and concrete carbonation at the building site.
- Solid waste and wastewater generated during construction and at end of life.
- Energy and water used and wastewater generated during the operational phase of buildings.
- Time-delayed GHG emissions and time-based carbon storage in building life cycles.
Our life-cycle inventory database includes cradle-to-gate and/or unit process data for everything
needed to perform a complete life-cycle carbon
footprint analysis of building systems:
- Full range of virgin and recycled materials used in building construction --
including all types of quarried materials, cement, concrete, mortars, wood, metals,
rubber, plastics, glass, and insulation.
- Transportation, warehousing,
fuels, and electricity by grid regions.
- All common waste disposal methods -- such as landfill, incineration, compost,
reuse and recycling -- including energy recovery options.
The database is fully integrated with our life-cycle
assessment software tools and can be easily customized for your specific
application. We are continually adding data for more products/processes to the
database. We also offer a low-cost rapid research option to add data for
specific products or processes that you may need for your application.
We offer a range of solutions depending on your needs and in-house expertise.
- For organizations with internal expertise in life-cycle assessment and product
carbon footprints, we can license our software products with integrated
life-cycle inventory database. We can also license our
database separately if
you have other means of performing the analyses.
- For organizations that are looking for a turn-key solution, we can use our
software tools, database and technical expertise to provide a complete
and deliver analytical results tailored for your specific business needs.
You can use our solutions in a variety of ways:
consumer information such as product carbon labels or purchasing guides.
- Provide investor information such as corporate environmental reports.
- Identify hot spots in the construction and operation of buildings, and make your
building/infrastructure project more carbon efficient on a life-cycle basis.
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