News Analysis

The Exponential Growth of Embodied Carbon Accounting

Use of whole-building life-cycle assessment tools like Tally is spiking. Why?

Interest in the embodied carbon of buildings—the upfront carbon emissions associated with production of building materials—has seen a major spike in the last couple of years, which has led to increased interest in whole-building life-cycle assessment, or WBLCA. WBLCA measures the environmental impacts, including global warming impacts, of a building’s major components. For North America, the two most relevant tools for conducting WBLCA are the Athena Impact Estimator (a free software program) and Tally (a subscription-based Revit plug-in).

As an indicator of where the industry is with WBLCA, a BuildingGreen poll of participants in the Sustainable Design Leaders Summits indicated a dramatic increase in the use of Tally over three years (see graphs).

Published April 6, 2020

Melton, P. (2020, April 6). The Exponential Growth of Embodied Carbon Accounting. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/news-analysis/exponential-growth-embodied-carbon-accounting