Skanska USA Building will provide initial embodied carbon assessments on every new construction project it works on greater than 5,000m3 (53,000 sf).
The company will use the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3), a product it co-created with industry partners. Skanska USA Building has been piloting EC3 in partnership with Skanska Commercial Development in the U.S. since 2019.
“The data and tools provided by Skanska’s evaluations provide customers with actionable information to make significant and lasting choices about reducing carbon on their projects,” said Paul Hewins, president & CEO, Skanska USA Building. “Customers have the power to positively affect the supply chain if they choose to invest in full or partial materials tracking and reporting.”
Use of the EC3 tool over the last two years has shown that a 30% reduction in embodied carbon is typically achievable for little or no cost, Skanska says. Skanska recently partnered with the Rocky Mountain Institute on a study that produced similar results.
EC3 is available free and open source at www.buildingtransparency.org.