“Quantifying the impact of energy consumption and energy conservation efforts in terms of greenhouse gas emissions is the easiest way to measure environmental impact,” said Ari Kobb, director, Sustainability & Green Building Solutions. “This new tool provides a simple way for users to create a simple carbon footprint for buildings, measure carbon savings, and easily convert that information into easily understood equivalencies.”
The calculator will convert building energy consumption data into relevant comparisons including the number of cars and light trucks removed from the road, the number of acres of forest absorbing carbon, and barrels of oil consumed. Results can be used to communicate reduction targets, develop a greenhouse gas reduction strategy, or support a range of initiatives to reduce a building’s environmental impact.
The app, compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later, is available free-of-charge from Apple Store’s iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/environmental-impact-calculator/id546039981?mt=8.
For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies.
Publication date: 10/29/2012