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Carbon Cost Tracker

Parametric insight into CO2 and costs

Carbon Cost Tracker

The Carbon Cost Tracker is an all-in-one tool to find realistic solutions for reducing the climate impact of a building. With the tool, we explore the basic parameters of a development and gain immediate insight into the relationship between qualitative floor plans, GFA/GO, climate impact and building costs.
Carbon Cost Tracker at a glance

LEVS developed the CCT partly in conjunction with the 2023 research program "Industrialized Emission-free High-rise Building in the G4," led by TNO and the Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Studies (AMS). Several working groups worked for one year each on one aspect of a sustainable future building chain. Using CO2 data (GWPa) from Witteveen+Bos and construction cost data from VGG, we applied the CCT to a high-rise building case study.

Ready for 'Het Nieuwe Normaal'

The CCT is ready for Het Nieuwe Normaal 1.0, the integral assessment framework for circular building developed under the banner of Cirkelstad. The tool calculates the environmental impact and material use of the model as defined in HNN: the Global Warming Potential module A (GWPa; kg CO2-eq/m2 GFA) with separately the CO2 storage (ton CO2-eq).

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Input parameters, current data and background knowledge for a feasible, qualitative plan.

Feasible variants with realistic data

The Carbon Cost Tracker takes into account construction laws and regulations. For example, the tool takes into account factors such as housing quality, accessibility, light and construction. For example, it only shows GO zones in which good floor plans can be made. We easily create variations in construction, facade construction or interior package, and immediately see the impact on the foundation.

State-of-the-art material data per building layer

To reduce a building's material-related emissions, we need to understand the footprint for each building layer. The Carbon Cost Tracker organizes the data into six layers: foundation, construction, interior walls, facade, installations and other. For each layer, alternative materials and construction methods can be selected and we get instant insight into the consequences for climate impact, construction costs, detailing GLA/GO ratios and more.

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Simple to use. Complete in results.

LEVS uses the CCT for CO2 studies at the level of urban planning or a single building, as part of a tender process, for example, or an additional study within an existing assignment for the purpose of optimization. LEVS can carry out feasibility studies for municipalities and clients who are looking for the optimal starting points for a built environment in line with climate goals and Het Nieuwe Normaal.

The Carbon Cost Tracker builds on our research into the application of Carbon-based Design. Read more about our earlier publication here.



Parametric modeling and test application for e.g. GLA/GO ratio, CO2 impact and construction costs based on Archicad, Rhino and Grasshopper
Adriaan Mout, Jurriaan van Stigt, Marianne Loof, Surya Steijlen, Christiaan Schuit
Marijn Luijmes, Timea Sándor
TNO, AMS, Witteveen+Bos (CO2 data), VGG (building cost data)
2023 –