In North America, the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings is the only free software tool that is designed to evaluate whole buildings and assemblies based on internationally recognized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology.
Using the Impact Estimator, architects, engineers and others can easily assess and compare the environmental implications of industrial, institutional, commercial and residential designs — both for new buildings and major renovations. Where relevant, the software also distinguishes between owner-occupied and rental facilities.
The Impact Estimator puts the environment on equal footing with other more traditional design criteria at the conceptual stage of a project. It is capable of modeling 95% of the building stock in North America, using the best available data.
The Impact Estimator then instantly provides cradle-to-grave implications in terms of:
- Global Warming Potential
- Acidification Potential
- Human Health Respiratory Effects Potential
- Ozone Depletion Potential
- Photochemical Smog Potential
- Eutrophication Potential
- Fossil Fuel Consumption