Carbon footprint calculator programmed into design software
Sweco programmed the add-on into the Tekla Structures BIM software used for structural design. The add-on allows the designer to see the carbon footprint for the entire model or parts of it already at the early design stage. The add-on utilizes the generic emissions database for construction (co2data.fi) by the Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Environment Institute
The designer sees directly from the design view the CO2 effect of the structure they have chosen, increasing the true usability of the data. Pre-counting emissions within the database, which is harmonized and scalable, gives huge customers benefits. Pre-counting emissions will not be included in the building permit process until 2024 (Finland), but the customers will be frontrunners in adapting to the new regulations with an increased awareness of the environmental impact of their projects.
As emissions from energy production fall, the importance of material choices is constantly emphasized. In energy-efficient new buildings, structures can account for up to more than 70% of a building’s carbon footprint. Therefore climate-critical decisions are made on the design table.