Your building's carbon footprint, done easily.
More and more builders want to know: what is the carbon footprint of my building materials?
We've built the BEAM estimator to do the job for you, quickly and easily.
Input the main dimensions of your building, and you'll find a comprehensive list of all the available materials you can use and the carbon footprint for each choice.
Get real time, up-to-date and accurate information from BEAM.
Here's what beta-testers have to say about BEAM:
Just wanna say how incredibly awesome this tool is! We used the carbon calculator tool to help us identify the best assemblies for a 20,000 sf institutional building on a short timeline. It was incredibly easy and fast to plug in a square footage and R value which eliminates the variability of thermal performance. Within 30 minutes, we could identify which assemblies would have the most carbon storing potential. We then incorporated cost feedback from contractors to inform clients with real data and guide them to meet their goals.
--Love | Schack Architects
Using the beta-version of the BEAM calculator on some Passive House buildings was enlightening. The simplicity of this calculator and the extensive (and growing) number of EPDs incorporated in it make this a highly effective tool to help drive down embodied carbon in new homes.
--Roberto Pecora, Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx)
The BEAM tool is the missing ingredient our industry needs to move forward with verifiable low carbon construction.
--Lucas Johnson, Managing Director, Vali Homes
We’ve used the BEAM Calculator to assess the carbon implications of our material choices for several of our projects, and it’s fascinating to discover what the biggest emitters as well as the biggest storage opportunities are. The BEAM Calculator is the right-sized tool for most small to mid-scale projects, which are the majority of those built.”
--David Arkin, AIA, LEED AP, Arkin Tilt Architects
Super intuitive and extremely informative! I think it's exactly the tool we need -- not cumbersome to adopt at all. Showing both the total kgCO2e and kgCO2e/m2 is really useful to compare across different projects.
-Michele Deluca, 3West Building Energy Consultants
The BEAM tool has been incredibly useful and easy to use. I think you all have nailed it in terms of providing a tool that provides detailed information but allows for quick iteration.
--Rob Williams AIA, Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst
This is the tool that those passionate about great environmental residential construction have been waiting for. Being able to evaluate the embodied carbon performance of our buildings will take its rightful place alongside evaluation of their operational performance. BEAM will help us determine where to invest the next dollar to yield the highest carbon performance return.
--Marc Rosenbaum, South Mountain Company
Once we were enlightened to the fact that we'd been barking up the wrong tree all along- that our real focus should be on Carbon not merely energy- we found ourselves lost in the woods. We knew what our focus should be, but we needed a tool to help us metric the actual planetary impact of our projects. Enter the BEAM tool. Clear, easy to use (even for an architect :-), and effective. This tool is a game changer. Highly recommended.
--Michael Klement, AIA, CPHC, Architectural Resource, LLC