Benefits Toolkit

Construction Carbon Calculator

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Mithun
2007

This tool estimates the net embodied carbon of a project’s structures and site. The measurements account for building materials, processes and carbon released due to ecosystem degradation or sequestered through landscape installation or restoration. Landscape inputs are ecoregion, area and type of existing...

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Carbon sequestration & avoidance

Decking Cost Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2007

This Microsoft Excel-based calculator compares the costs of building a new deck with recycled plastic, recycled wood/plastic composite lumber, cedar/redwood, and pressure-treated yellow pine. Based on the size of the project, the calculator estimates the initial, 3-year, 6-year, 10-year, lifetime, and average...

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Operations & maintenance savings, Construction cost savings

Resource Conserving Landscaping Cost Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2007

This Microsoft Excel-based calculator compares the cost of converting conventional landscapes to landscapes that require less irrigation and produce less waste. Inputs include: configuration of the current landscape (proportion that is comprised of flowers, turf, shrubs, and ground cover), configuration of...

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Water conservation, Operations & maintenance savings, Construction cost savings, Native Plants

Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation Cost Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2006

This Microsoft Excel-based calculator compares the water use and cost of a sub-surface drip irrigation system (with rain-shutoff device) to conventional sprinkler irrigation. The only inputs are: irrigated area, water rate cost, length of growing season, number of days per month with over 1/2” of rain, and...

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Water conservation, Operations & maintenance savings, Construction cost savings, Efficient irrigation

Erosion Control Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2006

This Microsoft Excel-based calculator is designed to help landscape and construction companies estimate the cost of using environmentally beneficial compost filter berms or compost filter socks for erosion control, rather than conventional silt fences. Inputs are: linear feet of erosion control needed, estimated...

Topics

Construction cost savings

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