CORE studio has developed a large number of tools to automate the schematic-level design of structures. Known as the “Generative Structures Suite,” these tools output material sizes, types and quantities for the derived structures. Our custom carbon calculator takes these metrics as inputs to calculate the total embodied energy and carbon of any design configuration early in the design phase. We referenced the Inventory of Carbon and Energy, or ICE, database to create an array of Grasshopper components that calculate and visualize embodied carbon in real time with the design process. We also developed plug-ins for Tekla and Revit that let us take down and track embodied carbon in our detailed BIMs. Over time, these tools are allowing us to establish baseline typical embodied carbon values for different building types and locations, which are reported to the AIA as part of Thornton Tomasetti’s commitment to the 2030 challenge.

CORE studio Services: Building Performance Analysis
Thornton Tomasetti Practices: Sustainability