Carbon Heroes
Benchmark Program

Get a unique benchmark analysis from more than 1000 buildings

+ over a hundred private companies

Make your buildings the carbon heroes of the future

Join Carbon Heroes Benchmark Program to develop new business and acquire insights to reduce carbon

You know that buildings cause 35 % of global carbon emissions. Join the program to position your business and help write a new chapter for the construction sector. Long-term sustainability requires measuring and improving the life-cycle performance of buildings – in terms of materials, construction or energy use.

The business case is clear: buildings typically cost more to run over 30 years than to build, and opportunities for cost reduction and property value improvement are significant. Join the embodied carbon leaders today to stand out in the market and create new business.

1,000 + buildings in the first two years

Do you know where your projects stand in terms of embodied or life-cycle carbon emissions? Joining the program allows you to receive detailed benchmark data to find out where you stand and what would it take to join the carbon leaders.

The program applies ISO and CEN standards as well as Level(s), a European Commission framework for building sustainability performance. The program also allows you to earn certification LCA credits without additional analyses.

Business benefits of the Carbon Heroes Benchmark Program

✓ Unique business development tool for low carbon services and benchmarking solutions
Discover how your buildings stack up – and use the findings for marketing and improvement
Improve your buildings’ ratings with green building certification LCA and LCC credits
✓ Comprehensive embodied carbon emissions accounting across your portfolio
Showcase your commitment to carbon reductions by participating
Learn about Level(s) methodology and contribute to its improvement via the pilot

For construction professionals anywhere in the world

Interested in using carbon footprinting, LCA, life-cycle cost and resource efficiency for business? The program gives you crucial tools to understand where you stand and manage your carbon reduction journey.

The program is for construction professionals working with design, commissioning, construction, supervision or consulting for new buildings and major renovations.

If you are a construction client and would like to join and outsource the analysis work, it’s entirely possible. If you lack experts, please be in touch and we suggest qualified professionals to help you.

Summary of Carbon Heroes Benchmark Program

If you are new to construction carbon footprinting, our in-depth training programs will get you on track and equip you to deal with the certification LCA credits too.

Participants get

Training and extensive support
Green building credits for applicable projects
Extensive market benchmark data

Join Carbon Heroes today:

Participants give

Their time / resources to perform assessments
Use of their logo for promoting the program
Project results to anonymous benchmarking

Questions and answers

Q: What does joining the program mean?

A: You pledge to calculate and benchmark some of your building projects during the two-year program duration. The minimum number of projects per participant is one.

Q: Do you guarantee anonymity of the data?

A: Absolutely. The project data is not released to anyone. We create anonymous benchmark profiles based on statistical methods from the participating projects.

Q: What benchmark data do I get?

A: The benchmark data is released twice a year for participants. The granularity of the data differs between common (office, retail, logistics, residential) and more specialized building types (e.g. hospitals). Custom benchmarks are possible on request.

Q: Do I need to pay to participate?

A: The program is included for users of all One Click LCA Business and One Click LCA Expert licenses. Please contact us for further details. Note that education events associated with the program may carry a fee.

Q: Who’s on board?

A: We partner with Irish Green Building Council, Hungarian Green Building Council, Italian Green Building Council and Dutch Green Building Council for managing the program at national level. Participating organisations include governments, investors, construction companies, architects and green building consultants. And, hopefully, you, too!

Q: How will the program support certification LCA credits at the same time?

A: This capability is provided by One Click LCA, which allows performing multiple assessments simultaneously. View the list of supported certifications here.

Q: I’m a consultant. How will this help me develop new business?

A: The program provides a vehicle to engage clients in discovering where they stand compared to the market, which is very complicated to discover using other means. This is a new way of pitching low carbon design and engage new types of customers.

Q: I’m an investor/construction company. How will this help me develop new business?

A: This provides an unique way to engage local authorities and potential tenants / investors to consider opportunities in the project, providing differentiation.

Q: Our business does not operate in Europe. Will the program still be right for us?

A: Yes. The benchmark methodology is uniform globally and based on ISO and CEN standards.

Q: I’d like to join but not have our company name listed.

A: No problem.

Q: If my buildings are completely ordinary, can I still join?

A: Yes. There are no performance criteria for buildings to join.

Q: Where can I read about initial results of the program?

A: Preliminary results are included in our 2019 journal article: Carbon Heroes Benchmark Program – whole building embodied carbon profiling

Make your building the carbon hero of the future

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