Carbon Footprint Metric for the Built Environment

It is estimated that  the US built environment produces 47.8% of all US green house gas emissions. Thus, the built environment produces more green house gas emissions than either the transportation or the industrial sectors. In order to address the reduction of green house gas emissions in the built environment universal environmental standards, and science based measurement and assessment tools tailored to support decision making by the built environment practitioner are necessary. 

Currently there is a lack of widely available scientifically rigorous and comprehensive life cycle tools by which a cradle-to-grave assessment can be conducted on specific building designs in order to advance a carbon neutral built environment.The School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University has sponsored the Carbon Footprint Metric Research Working Group to facilitate research and design of science based environmental decision tools for the built environment practitioner.