EC3 is a free database of construction Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) with a matching building impact calculator for use in building design and material procurement.

According to the Carbon Leadership Council: “The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool, is a free and easy-to-use tool that allows benchmarking, assessment and reductions in embodied carbon, focused on the upfront supply chain emissions of construction materials.”

“The EC3 tool was incubated at the Carbon Leadership Forum with input from nearly 50 industry partners, and utilizes building material quantities from construction estimates and/or BIM models and a robust database of digital, third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Powered by this data, the EC3 tool can be implemented in both the design and procurement phases of a construction project to look at a project’s overall embodied carbon emissions, enabling the specification and procurement of the low carbon options.”

“The EC3 tool also allows owners, green building certification programs and policymakers to assess supply chain data in order to create EPD requirements, and set embodied carbon limits and reductions, at the construction material and project scale.”