- November 11, 2022
- Bentley Systems
EC3’s embodied carbon calculations help inspire building materials manufacturers to reduce the carbon emissions of their products by investing in disclosure, transparency and material innovations.
At COP27, Bentley Systems announced expanded embedded carbon calculation workflows in the Bentley iTwin platform. The new integration enables the assessment of carbon in infrastructure digital twin solutions, enhanced by the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool developed by the nonprofit Building Transparency. This free, open-access tool enables benchmarking, assessment and reduction of embodied carbon, focusing on front-end emissions in the building materials supply chain. Building Transparency provides the education, resources and tools, including EC3, to address the role of embodied carbon in climate change. The EC3 tool and its subsequent effect on the industry is driving demand for low-carbon solutions and prompting building materials manufacturers and suppliers to invest in disclosure, transparency and material innovations that reduce carbon emissions of their products.
Rodrigo Fernandes, Director of Bentley ES(D)G – Empowering Sustainable Development Goals, said, “This new integration into Bentley’s infrastructure digital twin platform exemplifies our strategy to empower our users to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Building Transparency’s EC3 is a perfect example of open, goal-driven ecosystem collaboration, through which the private sector can come together to support and accelerate climate action.
Stacy Smedley, Executive Director of Building Transparency, said, “We are thrilled to now be part of the Bentley iTwin platform ecosystem. It’s great that the integration is based on an open source framework – fundamental to both EC3 and the iTwin platform. We view this integrated workflow as an important opportunity for AEC companies, ISVs, and digital integrators to tie carbon analytics to infrastructure digital twins while ensuring complete control of their data, applications, and IP.
EC3 integration enables Bentley’s infrastructure digital twin solutions, powered by iTwin, and third-party applications built on the Bentley iTwin platform, to simplify and accelerate carbon reporting and insights based on the open source and free EC3 carbon database. and calculator. The Bentley iTwin Platform is an open, scalable platform-as-a-service offering that enables developers to build and bring to market solutions that solve real infrastructure problems by leveraging digital twins.
Kaustubh Page, Director of Product Management, iTwin Platform for Bentley Systems, said, “We see EC3 integration as a core feature for the Bentley iTwin platform, further guiding us towards the sustainability vision of the platform. We are excited to see our users leveraging our carbon calculation service on the Bentley iTwin platform to perform carbon workflows such as reporting, researching project options and optimizing material selection. . We are happy to integrate an additional life cycle assessment tool to unlock decarbonization workflows. »
“Microsoft was the first major company to use the Building Embedded Carbon Calculator and is piloting the tool (hosted in Microsoft Azure) on its 17-building redevelopment project at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, aimed at reducing 30% incorporated carbon. We are proud to be an early supporter of EC3 and, simultaneously, strategic partners of Bentley Systems,” said Katie Ross, global sustainability leader for real estate and facilities at Microsoft. “Seeing the EC3 tool and the Bentley iTwin platform converge is a great example of how we aim to accelerate sustainability through collaboration and demonstrates the power of data democratization.
Sustainability designers and engineers in the architecture, engineering and construction industry spend a lot of time assessing or reporting on the environmental footprint of infrastructure projects, primarily when exporting and manual aggregation of data from quantities and BOMs. It can also be error-prone, requiring additional verification of successful ingestion by carbon tools. Additionally, AEC professionals do not want to be locked into a single carbon calculator because different calculators may provide different results (for example, due to uncertainties in environmental product declarations), and reporting requirements and carbon certification differ depending on the project, country, or owner of the infrastructure.
The additional integration with EC3 not only creates time savings with improved accuracy, but also provides uncertainty estimates of EPD data and increases carbon transparency through Building Transparency’s open-source/open-access strategy. Users can integrate engineering data created by various design tools into a single view using the Bentley iTwin platform, generate a unified report of materials and quantities, and share it with different analysis tools carbon, now also with EC3, via cloud synchronization.
One of the common users interested in this new integration is WSP, which applies both the EC3 database and the Bentley iTwin platform on infrastructure projects such as the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program. “For WSP, analyzing and reducing the carbon footprint is imperative in the planning, design, construction and operation of an infrastructure project from start to finish,” said Thomas Coleman, vice -president of WSP USA. “Enabling better integration of iTwin with EC3 is a game-changer for us on several infrastructure projects. Implementing this link will significantly reduce the time and cost of generating detailed embodied carbon analysis and reports based on on the EC3 throughout the design and build stages. Ultimately, in the long term, we see this collaboration as one more step towards open and scalable infrastructure digital twins, where computing and carbon optimization are intrinsic and transparent at all stages of the infrastructure lifecycle across the entire value chain.
About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance global infrastructure, supporting both the global economy and the environment. Our state-of-the-art software solutions are used by professionals and organizations of all sizes for the design, construction and operation of roads and bridges, railways and mass transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining and industrial facilities. Our offers include MicroStation– applications based on modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for the delivery of the project, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.
About Enhancing Transparency
Building Transparency is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides open-access data and tools that support broad and early action in the building industry to address the embodied role of carbon in climate change. Created in 2020, Building Transparency hosts, manages and maintains the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool, which provides thousands of digitized EPDs in a free open source database, and tallyLCA, the carbon assessment tool life cycle of the non-profit organization. Building Transparency strives to provide the resources and education needed to shape a better future in construction by promoting adoption of the EC3 tool and tallyLCA, establishing official materialsCAN andownersCAN programs, and working with policy makers global.
Did you enjoy this great article?
Check out our free e-newsletters to read other interesting articles.