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Our Revit plug-in is revolutionizing the way engineers track and manage embodied carbon in their structural projects. (Plus, it’s free and open-source!)

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More than 40 percent of all CO2 emissions come from buildings, and a building's structure and envelope account for over half its embodied carbon footprint. So the choices you make in structural design have global impacts. Beacon, our innovative, easy-to-use embodied-carbon measurement tool, helps you make informed design decisions that result in more sustainable and efficient structures.

  • Beacon gives you quick, high-level feedback and clear visualizations of a project’s embodied carbon quantities, identifying exactly where embodied carbon can be minimized.
  • Beacon categorizes its calculations by material type, building element and floor level.
  • Beacon rates each model’s embodied carbon levels against the Carbon Leadership Forum’s Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study results.
  • Beacon applies the most up-to-date embodied carbon coefficients and best practices established by the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF).
  • Beacon is invaluable in measuring progress toward the CLF Structural Engineers 2050 Challenge’s goal of a zero-carbon built environment by 2050.
  • Beacon lets you share data across employees, offices and organizations.
  • Beacon is free to download and use.

Beacon was developed by our CORE studio. Download it now and make embodied carbon an integral part of your design process.

News & Resources

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2019 Research & Development Showcase: Beacon
July 27, 2020
Beacon offers a quickly downloadable and installable way to calculate the embodied carbon in a Revit model – and break down the embodied carbon of materials by building element.

Press Releases

Embodied Carbon Measurement Tool BEACON Launches
January 08, 2020
We have launched Beacon, an innovative embodied carbon measurement tool poised to change the way structural engineers understand and manage embodied carbon optimization.

Press Releases

Embodied Carbon Measurement Study
November 14, 2019
We have released results from our multi-year, project-based embodied carbon measurement study, identifying the type of structures, materials and components with the highest carbon emissions.

Stories

Low-Carbon Structural Design
July 01, 2019
Thornton Tomasetti has contributed to industry research on embodied carbon since 2012 and has amassed a database of over 450 Thornton Tomasetti structural projects analyzed for embodied carbon.