MIT CSHub has developed a state-of-the-art, material- and facility-specific calculator for use-phase and end-of-life carbon uptake in concrete. The CSHub Whole Life Cycle Carbon Uptake Tool (C-UP) estimates carbon uptake through inputs like concrete mixture, location and exposure characteristics, and stockpiling conditions.
Multiple architectural and consultant firms, producers, and LCA database developers have used this peer-reviewed tool.
Carbonation is a natural process of carbon uptake in concrete that has been estimated to offset up to 43% of calcination emissions during cement production. But to integrate carbonation into carbon accounting practices, estimating it at a more granular level is essential.
CSHub researcher Hessam AzariJafari has developed a state-of-the-art, material- and facility-specific calculator for carbon uptake in concrete that includes carbonation from the end-of-life stockpiling of recycled concrete aggregates (RCA).
This tool can include the details of use-phase uptake and corresponding mix design components when estimating the end-of-life uptake. The calculator estimates carbon uptake through various accessible inputs—including concrete mixture, location and exposure characteristics, and stockpiling conditions.
Feel free to download and use this open-source and open-access tool here: https://lnkd.in/enzfgTRT
Click here to download the calculator.
Thos content adapted from the MIT CCS Hub Website