With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, builders and designers are increasingly being called upon to balance functionality and cost objectives with reduced environmental impact. Wood can help achieve that balance.
Wood products continue to store carbon absorbed by the trees, keeping it out of the atmosphere. Using wood in place of fossil fuel-intensive materials such as steel and concrete also “avoids” greenhouse gases that would have been emitted during manufacturing.
Developed by research organization FPInnovations, the Carbon Calculator is a tool that helps to quantify the benefits of building with wood. Specific wood product and building information is put into the Calculator which evaluates the carbon footprint of the wood building. The tool provides results that include carbon storage and avoided emissions.
Below is an example of Carbon Calculator results for the student residence, Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia:
To access the Carbon Calculator, visit the Canadian Wood Council website at www.cwc.ca/carboncalculator.