Carbon Leadership Forum

November 21, 2019

Webcor Successfully Pilots Trailblazing New Tool for Evaluating Carbon Emissions From Construction Materials

California Builder Also Establishes its “Carbon Commitment” to Employ the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool on All New Projects

SAN FRANCISCO, November 19, 2019 — Until now, a building’s carbon footprint has been measured solely by the greenhouse gases (GHG) it emits once construction is complete and it is being used as intended. Webcor, one of California’s largest general and specialty contractors, is championing — and will start systematically employing — a revolutionary new open-access tool that allows benchmarking, assessment and reductions in embodied carbon of construction materials.

In partnership with the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF), of which it was a founding partner, Webcor has successfully pilot-tested the new Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool, beta-launched today in Atlanta at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. By utilizing the EC3 tool on some of Webcor’s projects currently in construction, Webcor has been able to observe an opportunity to reduce over 30% of embodied carbon against baseline values. This striking opportunity stems from the EC3 tool’s ability to assess the embodied carbon in the materials Webcor procures, allowing the company to evaluate subcontractors’ pricing measured against environmental impact, as well as work with design-build partners to better compare structural design alternatives. This will result in better-informed buying decisions.

“The building industry can make enormous new carbon-reduction impacts, as construction is one of the largest GHG emitters,” said Jenelle Shapiro, Webcor’s sustainability director. “Because Webcor has long been committed to sustainable building practices, we were eager to test and provide feedback on the performance of this tool. When our experience proved its incredible value, we realized that if the construction industry widely adopts this tool, we can take a big bite out of global carbon emissions.”

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