RIB Backs Embodied Carbon Measurement Technology to Improve the Building Industry’s Sustainability

RIB Software is pleased to announce our partnership with Building Transparency, a non-profit organisation that has developed a free and open access technological tool targeted at reducing the impact of embodied carbon and making the AEC industry more efficient and sustainable.

Building Transparency’s premier technology solution is the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3). This tool houses a database of digital, third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which can be used to perform sustainability benchmarking and assessments.

This is particularly useful to construction material procurers, developers, contractors, and policymakers alike. By being able to measure the amount of embodied carbon within production materials, these stakeholders are empowered to evaluate a project’s overall carbon emissions and utilise that information to procure low carbon material alternatives or, in the case of regulators, set embodied carbon limits. These measures will ensure the industry’s compliance and adherence to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sustainable building practices. Through the sponsorship of various entities, such as RIB, Building Transparency’s EC3 tool remains free to use.

iTWO costX® clients are able to use EC3 data to calculate the embodied carbon of building components. As well as helping to calculate the project’s total carbon output, the proportion that each component contributes to this can also be determined. This allows Quantity Surveyors and estimators to be more involved in assessing the long-term energy implications of the project, materials used, and other considerations.

“There is a need to actionably and urgently reduce the carbon footprint of the AEC industry. Knowledge is power and integrating technology such as EC3 into the workings of the sector provides critical decision makers with the tools and data needed to effectively evaluate and understand the true carbon footprint associated with their projects. Armed with this, they will be able to chart tangible targets and collectively help minimise the industry’s impact on the environment. We all have a role to play in building a more sustainable world,” says Stacy Smedley, Executive Director of Building Transparency.

“As RIB, having been at the forefront of innovation in the construction industry for over 60 years, our partnership with Building Transparency aligns closely with the purpose of enabling our customers to build in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. We cannot shy away from the fact that the long-term growth of the AEC industry is closely tied to sustainable practices. Transforming the way the sector plans, builds and operates buildings is our primary purpose,” notes René Wolf, RIB CEO.

“Top quantity surveyors & estimators will soon not only be experts in costing; they will also need to provide recommendations on material and design considerations that can reduce emissions. That’s why ensuring that iTWO costX supports sustainable building practices is a key part of our product roadmap and RIB Software’s continued commitment to sustainability,” concludes Adam Lipinski, RIB International (iTWO costX) CTO.

For further enquiries, please contact iTWO costX Sales via email at sales.int@rib-software.com.

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About RIB Group

Driven by disruptive digital technologies and trends, RIB Software’s primary purpose is to propel the industry forward and make engineering and construction more efficient and sustainable.

Through their 60-year industry experience and truly global footprint of over 550,000 users and 2,700 talents, their vision is to transform their business into a global powerhouse providing innovative software solutions to their core markets – putting their customers at the heart of everything they do.

Managing the entire build lifecycle, from plan to construction, their powerful portfolio of software solutions are driven by industry expertise, experience and best practice. Their solutions connect people, processes, and data across the entire building lifecycle, helping customers complete projects on budget, on time and to quality, while reducing their carbon footprint.

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