Free web app for exploring embodied carbon
The Embodied Carbon PathFinder is a free web app for experimenting with design variables and viewing pre-calculated life cycle assessment (LCA) results for three typical multi-family residential building types in BC. The tool was created to help understand the building performance impacts of design decisions. As an introductory LCA-based educational resource, it can also be useful for rough estimates in early design, when a custom life cycle assessment (LCA) study may not yet be feasible. The tool uses results from parametric LCA analysis of three residential building types: stacked townhouse, mid-rise and high-rise. The tool includes thousands of data points in the background that allow users to find “pathways” through design choices to land on a target embodied carbon result.
Who is this guide for?
PathFinder is primarily an educational tool that will introduce users to life cycle assessment and will help them gain a high-level understanding of the embodied carbon implications associated with various combinations of design decisions for the archetype buildings.
This tool is a companion to the Operational Energy PathFinder (found in the same link below), which explores the design variables that affect energy use and greenhouse gas emissions due to building operation.