Foundation industry launches standardised open source tool to compare the sustainability of different foundation techniques
The European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC) and the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) are urging the geotechnical sector to make immediate use of their jointly-developed, pioneering carbon calculator tool, the Geotechnical Carbon Calculator.
Developed using internationally recognised standards, the Geotechnical Carbon Calculator is believed to be one of the construction industry’s first standardised and collaboratively produced carbon calculator tools at the European and international level.
Carbon measurement is at the core of the construction industry’s approach to sustainability. The Geotechnical Carbon Calculator uses a standardised emission factors database to make the analysis of the carbon footprint of a foundation project consistent and comparable across the foundation industry.
It will allow foundation contractors to evaluate the carbon footprint of their designs, provide clients with verifiable and standardised data about the carbon footprint of their foundations and enable clients to compare the carbon footprint of one proposal against another.
The calculator is free to download, but users are required to register to use the site at www.geotechnicalcarboncalculator.com . The site includes full information on the principals and methodology used in the calculator; as well as a detailed user guide.