British Columbia’s CleanBC Building Innovation Fund will provide a grant that Perkins & Will, C Change Labs and Building Transparency Canada will use to develop a plugin for BIM software to help designers specify sustainable products and materials. The Tally Climate Action Tool will offer real-time information on material performance and Environmental Product Declarations that some BIM platforms lack.
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. The Tally Climate Action Tool (tallyCAT) will build on existing technologies to provide open, real-time access to material and product information within design software, making it easier and faster to choose low-carbon material options.
The CleanBC Building Innovation Fund (CBBIF) from the Province of British Columbia awarded $460,000 to the team as part of its mission to fund projects in B.C. that accelerate the availability and affordability of low-carbon building solutions. 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.
“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 Perkins & Will sustainable building advisor Manuela Londono.
Currently, BIM platforms lack real-time information on material performance and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) — the primary way for designers to track and reduce carbon in specific products. 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.