Construction Carbon has launched a free-to-access website application Construction Carbon Estimator, for anyone undertaking a construction project to get a quick idea of their upfront embodied carbon emissions prior to starting works.
The estimating tool helps everyone from commercial developers to home renovators working on a kitchen extension, for example, to factor in their carbon emissions at the point of design. It fills a gap which until now has made sustainability calculation in real estate, available to only a small percentage of the industry.
The web app works by plugging in a few variables about the type of property – industrial, commercial or residential, the internal floor area and materials used for construction.
The idea emerged in 2019 when Tom Scott, a chartered surveyor, began having conversations with clients – developers and contractors – wanting to lower their embodied carbon. He tried to help them find a simple carbon calculator, but there wasn’t one available.
Tom Scott, Founder and co-director of Construction Carbon says:
“Embodied carbon contributes to 11% of global emissions and the need to reduce it tops the real estate agenda. The Construction Carbon Estimator does not replace a formal assessment, but it provides the basis for understanding the link between construction materials and embodied carbon emissions. This tool will hopefully incentivise people to use alternative construction methods in a bid to tackle net zero”.
About Construction Carbon:
Founded in 2020 and operating throughout the UK, Construction Carbon provides carbon performance scoring and verification for anyone undertaking a construction project.
Construction Carbon is regulated by RICS and a member of the UK Green Building Council. Last year it won Build Magazine’s ‘Most Innovative Start-Up 2021’. It is backed by London’s Centre for Climate Change Innovation, Slaughter & May’s ‘Fast Forward’ accelerator programme and is part of social housing group Aster’s inc. foundation.
Tom Scott and co-founder Gilbert Lennox-King have over 30 years of combined experience in sustainability consulting and surveying within the built environment.