Posted December 11, 2019

ACI Foundation partners launch embodied carbon in construction calculator (EC3) tool

Free tool helps builders and specifiers compare and reduce embodied carbon emissions from construction materials.

The ACI Foundation has partnered with the Carbon Leadership Forum on the formal launch of the public beta of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool.

The EC3 tool is free, open-access tool for architects, engineers, owners, construction companies, building material suppliers and policy makers to compare and reduce embodied carbon emissions from construction materials, and was launched at Greenbuild on November 19, 2019. The ACI Foundation – a not-for profit organization established by the American Concrete Institute (AC) to promote progress, innovation, and collaboration in the concrete industry through strategic investments in research, scholarships, and ideas – is a proud association partner of the EC3 tool.

With the launch of the EC3 tool, the building industry has a powerful new tool for supply chain specific analysis of embodied carbon data, utilizing the first searchable and sortable database of all United States and Canadian Environmental Product Declarations for concrete, steel, wood, glass, aluminum, insulation, gypsum, carpet and ceiling tiles. In addition, the EC3 tool is revolutionizing the EPD process. It is the first tool to create a digital EPD form and to translate all EPDs into that form for viewing and analyzing the data.

“The American Concrete Institute, ACI Foundation, and the greater concrete community have been developing industry-leading knowledge on the use of concrete in innovative and sustainable development,” stated Ann M. Masek, Executive Director, ACI Foundation. “With the generous support of our members and donors, we are pleased to invest in and join the collective in bringing the EC3 tool into practice.”

Access the EC3 tool here.

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