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FEATURE ARTICLE
The EFFC/DFI Carbon Calculator: Why and How to Use It
The EFFC/DFI Carbon Calculator
provides the deep foundat ions
industry the opportunity to be a leader
when it comes to carbon reduction.
This tool was created 10 years ago in an
extensive effort by the European
Federation of Foundation Contractors
(EFFC), DFI, member organizations and
Carbone 4, a consultant with experience
in life cycle assessment. The
tool was born out of the fact that
governments and clients were asking
for embodied carbon information for
foundation systems, and that individual
companies were building
their own calculators to meet these
requests. To help all member organizations
achieve compliance, and to
have a sector-specific tool that is
certified to the prevailing standards,
EFFC and DFI agreed to partner to
create the carbon calculator, which is:
* Excel based and, therefore, easy to
learn and use
* Updated on a regular schedule
* Certified to ISO 14067, GHG Protocol
and PAS 2050
* Free and available for anyone to use
Even though this tool is free and easy to
use, most projects in the industry do not
have a carbon calculation performed.
The case to use the calculator is more
obvious for members in places like
Europe where there are stricter
reporting standards and government
work can be driven by sustainability
AUTHORS Kimberly Martin, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, Keller North America
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over cost. In North America this is not
the case, yet. Without directives from
clients and governments, what can
compel the industry to start regularly
using this tool and care about the
carbon emissions of projects during
design and construction?
Making the Case for the
Carbon Calculator
The case for using the carbon calculator
is made in three ways. First,
there are the United Nations' Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs),
which were agreed upon by member
countries and can be used as a guide for
how to achieve progress while creating
a more sustainable world. The SDGs
are also a useful framework that many

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