Building LCA and Embodied Carbon Tools

Athena Impact Estimator

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Free

Standalone

Design-focused

Uses custom material data

Covers all life cycle stages

Good for Commercial and Residential

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Tally

Paid

Revit plug-in

Design-focused

Some EPDs + custom material data

Covers all life cycle stages

Good for Commercial Buildings

EC3

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Free

Web-based

Bim360 and Tally Import

Construction-focused

Robust EPD database

Focuses on Manufacturing Stage

Good for Commercial Buildings

BEAM

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Free

Excel-based

Design-focused

Some EPDs + generic material data

Focused on manufacturing impacts

Good for Residential Buildings

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Cardinal LCA

Free

Rhino plug-in

Focused on conceptual design

EPDs and generic data

Covers all life cycle stages

Good for Commercial Buildings

OneClick LCA

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Paid

Web-based & Plug-ins

Imports from many tools

Design and construction focused

Robust EPD data + generic data

Covers all life cycle stages

Good for all building types

cove.tool

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Paid

Energy modeling tool

Design-focused

Covers all life cycle stages

Good for Commercial and Residential

EPIC

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Free

Web-based

Early design planning

Uses EPDs and generic data

Covers all life cycle stages

Good for Commercial Buildings

Kaleidoscope

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Free

Web-based

Envelope, Flooring, Ceilings

Material alternative comparisons

Some EPD + generic material data

Focuses on Manufacturing Stage

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BHoM

Free

Grasshopper, Excel, Dynamo tool

Design-focused

Focused on manufacturing impacts

Good for Commercial and Residential

H\B:ERT

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Free

Revit plug-in

Design-focused

Uses ICE Database material data

Covers all life cycle stages

Good for Commercial Buildings

UpStream

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Free

Excel-based

Some EPDs + generic data

Focused on timber buildings

Covers all life cycle stages

Good for Commercial Buildings

The LCA and Carbon tool space is quickly evolving. For additional tools, check out the global CLF's site.