A Carbon Tool (ACT)

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A Carbon Tool (ACT)

A Carbon Tool (ACT) is an open source web application that enables users to estimate embodied carbon equivalent (LCA) content from Building Information Models (BIM) - using Speckle to solve the challenge of data interoperability in the AEC industry. It is designed to provide quick and efficient feedback during the design process to enable users to identify carbon hotspots and reduce the impact their design has on the built environment.

The original version of ACT was created in 2018 at Arup and built based on Speckle 1.0 - it is contained in the legacy branch of the ACT repository. The tool has been used on building and infrastructure projects across the global, supporting those projects in reducing the carbon footprint of the proposed design.

At COP26, Arup committed to performing whole life carbon assessments on all building projects, new and retrofit. In addition to this commitment, Arup have open sourced ACT to enable anyone in the AEC sector to perform their own carbon assessment for their own project. In doing this the AEC sector can collectively work together in the challenge the planet faces in reducing carbon emissions - a task so big that it will require the entire industry to improve and work together. A copy-left licence has been chosen for this carbon calculation tool, to encourage a collaborative environment in tackling this challenge while enabling everyone to benefit from new developments and improvements to the tool.

ACT has been updated for Speckle version 2.

There are two videos showing ACT (v1) in action on the Speckle forum.

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