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Perkins&Will, Building Transparency, and C Change Lab awarded grant to develop carbon reduction tool

The device will build on existing technologies to provide open, real-time access to material and product information within design software. 

Perkins&Will, in collaboration with C Change Labs and Building Transparency Canada, has been awarded a grant to develop a tool that facilitates the design of low-carbon buildings.

Known as the Tally Climate Action Tool (tallyCAT), the device will build on existing technologies to provide open, real-time access to material and product information within design software. 

The CleanBC Building Innovation Fund (CBBIF) from British Columbia awarded $460,000 to the team as part of its mission to fund projects in the province that accelerate the availability and affordability of low-carbon building solutions.

“This grant would not have been possible without the support from industry partners and clients who recognized the need for this climate action tool,” says Kathy Wardle, director of sustainability of Perkins&Will’s Vancouver studio. “The next step in this journey is to combine our expertise in materials and the design process into a digital tool that serves the entire industry.”

After development, tallyCAT will be a globally available, integrated plugin for designers to access within their BIM software to source Building Transparency’s existing global catalog of EPDs.

“Our goal is to make it easy for designers to understand the climate impacts of their material choices through a plug-in palette of lower carbon products,” says sustainable building advisor Manuela Londono of Perkins&Will.

With an anticipated release date of March 2023, tallyCAT will provide open access to a library of materials that merges into commonly used Building Information Model (BIM) platforms, like Revit and Rhino. 

“Through this partnership with C Change Labs and Building Transparency, we can leverage our collective knowledge to transform the building industry so that low carbon materials become the status quo,” says Elton Gjata, a digital practice manager at the firm.

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