NGA and the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a joint webinar at 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 24, featuring a demonstration of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool – a free database of construction Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) – and matching building impact calculator for use in design and material procurement.
Building Transparency (BT) is the developer of EC3. BT’s core mission is to provide the open access data and tools necessary to enable broad and swift action across the building industry in addressing embodied carbon’s role in climate change. EC3 allows benchmarking, assessment and reductions in embodied carbon, focused on the upfront supply chain emissions of construction materials. The EC3 tool uses building material quantities from construction estimates and/or BIM models and a robust database of digital, third-party verified EPDs.
“EPDs are required in order to analyze the embodied carbon emissions associated with a new building, and EC3 allows users to evaluate or compare global warming potential (GWP) digitally,” said Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell, NGA advocacy and technical director. “Active in the development of EC3, Phil is very knowledgeable to lead a demonstration of this helpful tool and answer questions about its applications. Additionally, as this is the pilot program, BT can make changes as needed.”
EC3 can be integrated with both the design and procurement phases of a construction project to look at a project’s overall embodied carbon emissions, enabling the specification and procurement of the low carbon options. Consisting of thousands of digital EPDs, EC3 is an open-source database, which allows users to directly measure, compare and reduce the embodied carbon in specific new buildings. There is no charge to register for EC3.
“This is a unique learning opportunity for not just those in the fenestration and glazing industry, but also building designers, architects, specifiers, construction companies and material suppliers, to learn how to use this game-changing sustainability tool,” said Jason Seals, FGIA certification services manager, fenestration.
As CEO of C-Change Labs, Phil Northcott leads an experienced team of software developers in the fight against climate change. This team consists of founding members of BuildingTransparency.org and the primary developers of EC3 and its industry-specific customizations.