Carbon Calculator by Canadian Wood Council

Estimate the carbon impacts of a wood building

Wood-frame buildings typically generate less embodied greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during their life cycle. In other words, there are fewer GHG emissions associated with a wood building than other building types. This difference can be quite large and can be taken as a carbon credit for the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that were avoided (displaced) by choosing wood over other more GHG-intensive materials.

The Carbon Calculator tool from the Canadian Wood Council estimates the total wood mass in a building and the associated carbon impacts. Carbon impacts refer to both the amount of carbon stored in the wood building materials and the amount of GHG emissions avoided by choosing wood instead of another more GHG-intensive, non-wood material.

Carbon Calculator

The calculator by the Canadian Wood Council estimates how much time it takes Canadian and U.S. forests to grow that volume of wood along with the associated carbon benefits —both the amount of carbon stored and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions avoided.