For the built environment, measuring the impact of design choices, regarding embodied carbon, has become imperative if we are to address the climate emergency and play our part in reaching Net-Zero by 2030. Carbon.AKT is just one way our practice is responding to this challenge – a dynamic tool that informs design decisions right from the start of a project, to assure a successful outcome.
Optimising designs to minimise embodied carbon using a bespoke, data-driven analysis tool.
This bespoke, stand-alone, parametric collaborative software has been developed in-house by AKT II’s software engineers to provide a granular analysis of carbon use. Schemes are separated into three primary embodied carbon contributors: substructure, superstructure and façade as well as both piled and raft foundations. The tool assists the making of quantitative decisions from the start, sketch design, through to the end, detailed design.
At sketch design the tool allows us to fluidly and simultaneously manipulate the orientation, massing and form of a building, with adjustable grids and interchangeable materials at the front end of a project. The seamless exploration of these intertwined parameters enables a balance between architectural vision and stakeholders and planning requirements, all informed by industry-leading carbon estimates. Clients and design team members can confidently lock a building brief and carbon targets from the beginning, tracking the performance of the project as it progresses in real-time to monitor and aid in achieving sustainability targets.
The software is a stand-alone piece of software, that can be used during design meetings on the fly, fully adjustable to track a series of outputs for different adjustments.
As the built environment moves to reach net-zero carbon by 2030, Carbon.AKT allows us to design intelligently from the beginning: optimising designs and swiftly finding the balance between sustainability imperatives, cost and viability parameters.
“Carbon.AKT marks an exciting step for AKT II’s practices. This bespoke tool will allow us to further collaborate closely with architects and clients to ensure that designs are optimised to minimise carbon output from start to finish and work together to create a more sustainable built environment.” – Marta Galiñanes-García, Design Director for Climate Issue and Circular Economy.
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