The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool Takes on Carbon Emissions

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool Takes on Carbon Emissions
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The impact of a building’s construction and operations on carbon emissions has been well established by the AEC community. “Buildings, in fact, contribute 40 percent of the CO2 emissions worldwide,” according to the Carbon Leadership Forum. The AEC industry is moving on an imperative to address embodied carbon (EC), the carbon emissions associated with the manufacture of building materials and processes over the life of the building. Architecture 2030 reports that “between now and 2060 the world’s population will double the amount of building floor-space, equivalent to building an entire New York City every month for 40 years.”
As the AEC industry grapples with the reduction and elimination of embodied carbon in the building process, the inability to measure EC has limited progress. On November 19, 2019, the public beta version of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool was launched at Greenbuild 2019, providing building partners, owners, and policy makers a platform to compare and reduce the carbon footprint of construction materials. As a result, this a free, open-access tool allows benchmarking, assessments and an ability to make reduction in embodied carbon.
The tool was incubated by the Carbon Leadership Forum and developed in partnership with nearly 50 building industry leaders, including lead sponsor and grant manager, the Charles Pankow Foundation.
“PCS Structural Solutions is thrilled to begin implementing the EC3 tool on multiple project,” says Chris Jeseritz, project engineer and Sustainability Task Force leader at PCS Structural Solutions, “A core team of our engineers is training to become proficient with the EC3 tool and will teach its use throughout our organization. The tool will help inform our us of our designs’ carbon impact on the environment, and the data will be shared and used for the SE2050 challenge to develop the AEC industry’s education and movement toward carbon neutrality.” To learn more about the EC3 tool, visit To learn more about the Carbon Leadership Forum, please visit
In addition, PCS’s Sustainability Task Force is investigating opportunities to promote sustainable practices within PCS Structural Solutions. For more information on our Sustainability Task Force, SE2050, and the EC3 tool, please contact Chris Jeseritz, P.E., SEAW Sustainability Sub-Committee, SEI Sustainability Committee at