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Tool to combat carbon emissions unveiled

Computer tool

A revolutionary carbon-busting tool has been developed to target emission hotspots in buildings during the earliest stages of a project. The aim is to reduce the environmental impact from construction and infrastructure.

The Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Tool (CITT) detects potential carbon emission points in building designs and flags them on designers’ computer dashboards. With this knowledge engineers can make decisions about how to minimise the amount of carbon generated by building projects.

The open-source plug-in, developed by Costain and the University of Edinburgh’s Business School, works with all industry standard project planning tools, and could be particularly effective when looking at concrete-intensive areas of design.

“The CITT is a tool which allows anyone to consider their impact right from the very earliest stages of a project when there is time to make adjustments,” said Costain head of technical sustainability Damien Canning.

“CITT is now integrated into our suite of processes, meaning carbon quantification is now fully automated, allowing us to consistently challenge our key suppliers for lower carbon and more importantly lower cost outcomes.”

The Climate Change Act dictates that the UK must cut its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. More than 50% of the UK’s emissions are under the control or influence of the infrastructure sector, so there is a need for programmes and applications that help to reduce the amount of carbon generated.

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