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RMI Releases Carbon Footprint Tool for Buildings

RMI’s Green Footstep website allows teams to measure progress against carbon emissions goals they set for projects.

Although many carbon-footprint calculators exist, none account for a building’s emissions over time, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The organization’s new online tool, Green Footstep, is designed to do just that.

Meant for use from early in the design process, the tool helps project teams set goals for carbon emissions reductions and offers basic design principles to work from. Teams can then use the tool throughout the design process to see how their decisions affect carbon emissions and how designs stack up against base-case buildings that are updated with recent data. Case studies offer ideas and show how other project teams have used Green Footstep.

The tool is online at

Published December 1, 2009

Wendt, A. (2009, December 1). RMI Releases Carbon Footprint Tool for Buildings. Retrieved from

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