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Embodied Carbon

We help you make decisions that reduce the life-cycle impact of building materials on climate change – without compromising performance or cost.

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Structural framing options and global warming potential analysis. Thornton Tomasetti
Our projects: Embodied-carbon measurement study. Thornton Tomasetti
Hobhouse Court, London. Our team reduced the amount of embodied carbon in this project by 600 metric tons. Thornton Tomasetti
Our Beacon tool produces visualizations of embodied-carbon quantities by material type, building element and floor levels.
Hobhouse Court, London. Refurbishment of historic elements bolstered the team's embodied-carbon reduction strategies. Thornton Tomasetti
Beacon is a sophisticated Revit plug-in that generates comprehensive data visualizations of the embodied carbon in building projects.
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 7 at Arizona State University in Tempe. The bubble deck offset solid concrete and reduced slab weight. Courtesy Arizona State University
Our Spotlight tool predates Beacon; it enables engineers to analyze and track the structural quantities in their projects. Thornton Tomasetti

Reducing embodied carbon in buildings is essential to meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement and forestalling the most harmful effects of climate change. The design and construction decisions you make on a project can have long-lasting environmental impacts. We can help you make the right choices.

Why Choose Us?
Our understanding of embodied carbon is the best in the business. We began annually assessing the embodied carbon in our structural projects in 2011 and have amassed a database of more than 600 projects. Our research and development efforts, in collaboration with the Carbon Leadership Forum, have produced a number of important breakthroughs in the field. And with our long history of industry leadership in sustainability, structural engineering and façade engineering, we’re more than qualified to help your organization develop and implement embodied-carbon reduction goals – on both the project and portfolio scales.

  • We’ve served as strategic consultant for embodied-carbon reduction for dozens of building projects. Our expertise in this area is widely recognized in industry events and publications.
  • Our internal research has allowed us to understand where to find the biggest contributors to embodied carbon on projects and to set our own internal benchmarks by element type.
  • We’re innovators. Our software developers create embodied-carbon assessment tools like Beacon, and provided technical advice for the development of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool.
  • We have extensive expertise in life-cycle assessments (LCAs), balancing embodied carbon against operational carbon without compromising architectural intent.
  • We’re experts in reducing embodied carbon to help meet the whole-life carbon compliance criteria of green-building ratings systems like LEED, Living Building Challenge, BREEAM, and more.

Here’s How We Can Help
We offer a full complement of services to get you started toward a low-carbon future:

  • Embodied-carbon calculations, including life-cycle assessment
  • Mass timber design
  • Structural optimization
  • Sustainable design certification consulting
  • Custom tool development
  • Organizational strategy and consulting
  • Low embodied-carbon material consulting
  • Client net-zero road-mapping
  • Embodied-carbon education

News & Resources

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.