Global architecture firm Perkins & Will says it will issue its clients a “carbon forecast” for their projects.
This tool is an effort to “facilitate measurable and meaningful carbon reduction in the built environment,” according to a news release. Carbon forecasts will help clients understand their projects’ carbon emissions, and the impact of those emissions on human and environmental health, at the earliest stages of design.
The forecasts will include information on building design, construction, and operation (known as whole-life-carbon). And, importantly, they will identify steps clients and project teams can take to reduce those emissions.
The forecasts will include options on how to reduce operational carbon through passive design, minimization of energy loads, optimization of systems, disconnection from unclean fuel sources, and integration of renewable energy. Measures for realizing maximum reductions in embodied carbon will be offered.
In addition, the firm will provide opportunities for enabling circular design that can minimize material waste, maximize material reuse, and optimize environments for material health.