Carbon Footprint Metric | National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation awarded a $600,000 research grant to CSU to develop the Carbon Footprint Metric. The goal of this project is to measure the greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment and to develop a software tool to allow building design and construction teams to apply the metric to design and material choices. A prototype of the tool is expected to be released in late summer 2015.

The interdisciplinary research team includes Keith Paustian, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Chuck Anderson and Robert France, Department of Computer Science; Angela Guggemos, Department of Construction Management; Thomas Bradley, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Carol Dollard, CSU Facilities Management; Brian Dunbar, Executive Director of the Institute for the Built Environment in the College of Health and Human Sciences; and Alberta Carpenter and Luigi Polese of the National Renewal Energy Laboratory.

IBE Role

The Institute for the Built Environment is a significant member of the project team, contributing expertise on the green building design and construction process.


The Carbon Footprint Metric will:

  • develop metric to measure the impact of design decisions on the sustainability of the building
  • be based on case studies in Los Angeles, CA, Fort Collins, CO, and Asheville, N.C.
  • inform the LEED certification process and provide real time feedback on decision making.

Funding: National Science Foundation Grant
Project Type: Research