Sustainability & Carbon

Embodied Carbon Estimating

Sustainability & Carbon

Embodied Carbon Estimating

The most impactful time for you to take action on your project’s carbon footprint is during the earliest stages such as the program, planning, and design phases; enabling you to maximize sustainable value during the construction phase. Your decision to take control of your carbon footprint opens the door for us to collaborate with architects, engineers, contractors and key stakeholders to utilize Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) during the planning and design stages. This allows us to assess and reduce both embodied and operational carbon across the life of your project, from a single building to a portfolio level master plan.

Through the collection of material data, conducting detailed analyses, and using the latest industry data, we can identify carbon hotspots and understand where significant reductions are possible. Then, our team of specialists will work to identify and recommend low-carbon material, equipment, and system options to drive high-efficiency across the project. Construction is a high emission activity; we are here to help you identify, manage, and reduce your carbon emissions, resulting in a healthier project and work/living space that is also environmentally responsible.

Quantify carbon where it matters

Operational carbon is cleaning up; by 2050 operational carbon’s footprint will have a significantly smaller contribution to a built asset’s carbon emissions. In comparison, embodied carbon emissions, generated through the life cycle of a building, will constitute as much as 85% of a building’s carbon footprint by 2050. Our methodology to estimating carbon considers and assesses the full life cycle of your project, including operations. We quantify the carbon emissions to provide concise, accurate, and informative reports and dashboards that highlight hot spots - where different material or equipment will achieve significant benefits. We invite you to leverage our global reach and industry collaboration to implement forward thinking solutions, to create state-of-the-art opportunities beyond industry standards, and to bring effective long-term reductions in carbon for meaningful environmental outcomes.

Data driven decisions

Effective decision-making relies on a combination of information and experience, both of which RLB offers to enhance your project. With a rich history spanning over two centuries, we have been a trusted source of unbiased information to support decision-making processes. In today's data-driven world, we have adapted to remain at the forefront of the industry by continuously enhancing our global proprietary cost estimating software and databases. Our latest enhancement to our software integrates carbon reporting, enabled by our data library with insights from projects worldwide. Additionally, we collaborate with leading carbon data libraries to ensure access to the most up-to-date information. This commitment means that RLB equips you with the latest and most reliable data on both carbon and cost, empowering you to make informed decisions.

Reporting on your carbon

No matter what stage in the carbon reduction journey your company is in, there is significant value in documenting and reporting your goals and benefits of your accomplishments to stakeholders and the greater community. RLB helps you share the sustainable measures and impacts considered during your project within a comprehensive and verifiable report that transparently discloses your project’s environmental, economic, and social opportunities and risks, return-on-investment financial decisions, and the measurable outcomes. Whether it is documenting Scope 1, Scope 2, and/or Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, Life Cycle Assessment impacts, compliance with, and progress against the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), or your company’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance, RLB’s experts can help you clearly disclose sustainability-related project performance.

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