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Climate Earth partners with the Carbon Leadership Forum and C Change Labs to create digital EPDs

September 24, 2019

Partnership focuses on development of digital EPDs to meet the EC3 tool requirements while also ensuring conformance with emerging global standards.

Earlier this week the Carbon Leadership Forum announced the creation of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool, a ground-breaking solution for evaluating the carbon emissions embodied within a wide array of building materials.

In order to accelerate the availability of EPD data and make EPD data analysis faster and easier, Climate Earth partnered with the EC3 tool technical team to define requirements, and to develop, and implement the digital EPD. The digital EPD is based on international standards for data interchange and emerging international standards for digital EPDs. EPDs are generally published as paper or PDF reports for people to read but not for computers to analyze. A critical advance, the digital EPD is designed for fast and easy data interchange between computers and enables rapid analysis of hundreds or thousands of EPDs using advanced analytics as found in the EC3 tool.

Initially conceived by Skanska USA and developed with C Change Labs, Climate Earth is delighted to be part of the EC3 tool initiative, a highly innovative and visionary collaborative approach to creating an open-source solution that is widely supported by the construction industry.

The case for reducing the carbon emissions embodied in building materials is clear. According to the independent non-profit Architecture 2030, over the average 30-year lifecycle of a new building completed in 2019, roughly half if its carbon will come from embodied carbon—or the emissions associated with extracting, transporting and manufacturing materials.

The EC3 tool will be made publicly available on November 19, 2019. Collaborating partners will be demonstrating the product at Greenbuild, November 19-22, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA.

More information on the digital EPD is available at https://climateearth.com/digital-epd/.

Visit www.carbonleadershipforum.org for more information on the Carbon Leadership Forum and the EC3 tool. Visit www.buildingtransparency.org and register to have access to the EC3 tool.

Chris Erickson

President & CEO

+1 415.391.2725

chris@climateearth.com

 

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