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Carbon tools

Six carbon and cost modelling tools for better-informed planning and strategic decision-making.

Carbon Pilot

Carbon Pilot is a modelling tool for pre-design evaluation of single new buildings. The UK planning process and progressive tightening of Building Regulations encourages early consideration of the carbon impact of developments, and enforces a requirement for significant use of on-site renewables in new buildings.

For engineers and designers it introduces a number of issues. The most significant is that they must choose economic combinations of renewable and low carbon technology for a particular building in a particular location before any building form exists, and before the architect has developed the design to the point that modelling can take place. Carbon Pilot helps architects and designers approach an optimum solution at concept stage.

Carbon Pilot uses hour-by-hour outputs of dynamic thermal simulation to produce predictions of energy consumption, CO2 emissions, operating costs and occupant comfort. It allows for a range of basic building types, local climate, building orientation, and design variables.

DIEGO

DIEGO (Digital Interface for Energy Generation Options) provides early stage assessment of carbon and energy performance for clusters of buildings or entire mixed use developments. It provides indicative evidence on which developers can develop appropriate responses to national, regional and local energy policies.

It can be used for:

  • Early design direction for developers regarding house types, centralised or individual heating, or renewables.
  • Early evidence of carbon performance.
  • Preparing a strategy to allow for a changing planning / regulatory environment.

LifeCYCLE

LifeCYCLE is an industry-first modelling tool that quantifies the costs and carbon emissions associated with building, upgrading and operating assets. LifeCYCLE is linked to the Mott MacDonald-published UK Building Blackbook – the first construction price book to provide estimated carbon emissions values for construction activities. LifeCYCLE allows you to save substantially on whole life carbon and costs by considering an asset’s future performance at an early stage, taking account of performance from project inception to demolition.

  • Accurate and auditable life cycle costing for building projects.
  • Accurate and auditable whole-life carbon footprinting for building projects.
  • Can be adapted to other construction sectors.
  • Can be adapted to other countries.
  • Can be customised for a client’s project and property portfolio.

LifeCYCLE quantifies everything involved in the project’s initial construction, the maintenance and replacement of components during the life, the cleaning routines and everything up to the final decommissioning, resale, or demolition. LifeCYCLE has been designed to be used on existing buildings as well new build projects.

CapIT Online Carbon and Cost Estimator

CapIT was the world’s first online construction capital cost and carbon estimating tool, launched in 2010. Buildings and transport versions have been created but the tool allows new data to be easily added, making CapIT versatile across all sectors. It allows you to:

  • Estimate the embodied carbon of every construction activity online.
  • Audit and change the rate build-ups, add own data, items or carbon values.
  • Create alternate versions of a project and easily compare them with our snapshot function.
  • Access data on smart phones and tablets.
  • Quantify carbon and cost in one go.
  • Generate consistent reports which are easy to compare and can be included in project option evaluations, estimates, tenders and value for money studies.
  • Download the data into spreadsheets.
  • Understand the effect of moving materials, labour and plant to and from site.

CESMM4 Carbon & Price Book 2013

The Institution of Civil Engineers’ CESMM4 Carbon and Price Book is based on the latest version of the standard method of measurement. The data for this publication has been compiled by our cost consultancy. It includes carbon data held by the Building Research Establishment, providing the industry’s most comprehensive and authoritative cost and carbon data resource.

Ecocity infrastructure carbon model

Ecocity was developed to estimate the whole life carbon emissions arising from different design options.

Typical applications include comparison of different civil infrastructure asset options, estimation of CO2 from individual design components, and rapid estimates of carbon footprints to feed in to sustainability decision-making.

The tool gives a breakdown of materials, construction, transport and utility use. It can be used to compare various options for achieving the design objectives, and has data for geographic markets: variants for the UK and UAE markets are available.

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