The Structural Carbon Tool

Author: Elliott Wood

Date published

18 March 2021

Price
Free
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The Structural Carbon Tool

Guidance
A laptop screen showing charts and data
Date published

18 March 2021

Author

Elliott Wood

Price

Free

Author

Elliott Wood

Use this tool to help you quickly estimate the embodied carbon in your structures.

The Structural Carbon Tool is based on the IStructE guide ‘How to calculate embodied carbon’ which should be consulted for more information on the calculation process. When you have downloaded the tool, watch this recording from the launch event for an overview of how to get started:
 

Launch of The Structural Carbon Tool

The structural engineer’s first priority in the Climate Emergency is to minimise carbon emissions. This can be done by minimising the use of new material as far as possible.

The Structural Carbon Tool has been created to help practising structural engineers make quantitative decisions as to how best to do this. The tool enables the user to:
  • Estimate the amount of carbon in different parts of the design
  • Identify carbon hotspots and opportunities to target for material reduction
  • Understand rough differences between different structural options
  • Communicate decision-making impacts with the design team
 
The Structural Carbon Tool is an open-source Excel-based carbon estimator. It has been developed by Elliott Wood Partnership Ltd in conjunction with The Institution of Structural Engineers.

It is based on the IStructE guide ‘How to calculate embodied carbon’, and is therefore aligned with BS EN 15978, BS EN 15804 and the RICS professional statement Whole life carbon assessment for the built environment. The tool also uses the SCORS rating system proposed in 2020 by the Institution’s Climate Emergency Task Group.


Please note that the Excel file contains macros. If you are having difficulties downloading it, then it may have been blocked by your firewall due to these macros. Please speak to your company’s IT department before contacting the Institution.



 

In partnership with

The Institution has worked alongside Elliot Wood to align the tool with the IStructE guide ‘How to calculate embodied carbon’ and other existing guidance as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Additional information

Format:
Excel Spreadsheet
Publisher:
Elliott Wood

Tags

Guidance Suitable for students Climate change Best practice Carbon

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