Developing the CAP’EM Compass of building materials

CASE STUDY | CAP'EM aims to increase awareness and use of environmentally friendly building materials. PRé developed the innovative CAP’EM Compass to share sustainability metrics with architects and other stakeholders.

By Marisa Vieira on January 15, 2014



Life Cycle Assessments Show Benefits of Eco Building Materials

The building industry, like all industries, has much room for improvement when it comes to environmental performance. Fortunately, engineers are constantly developing new building materials that score well on sustainability metrics. Stakeholders in the building sector, however, aren’t always aware of new building materials and their qualities.

The CAP’EM project was founded to increase awareness of environmentally friendly building materials among architects, constructors and other stakeholders, and in this way increase their manufacture, distribution and use. To do so, CAP’EM performed detailed life cycle assessments on eco-materials, and hired PRé to help develop a way to distribute this information.


User-Friendly Sharing of Sustainability Metrics

PRé designed and developed the CAP’EM Compass – a free online tool that stakeholders can use to compare environmental performance of eco-materials and conventional building materials. For more information on the CAP’EM Compass, its development and its value, please read the full case study

"PRé was able to make complicated methodological concepts very clear for non-experts, which was really useful when they moderated the group of stakeholders, with different levels of understanding of LCA. This resulted in common understanding and team focus on the shared goals. PRé uses a pragmatic approach, keeping things practical and elegant, but basing their work on really robust, scientific methodology."

Jodie Bricout, Development Manager CAP’EM
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“The time of the industrial revolution is over. Now it is time for the green revolution to go full steam ahead! Everybody needs to be involved in this process, therefore I aim to guide individuals and businesses in understanding the trade-offs between impacts. This will help them make informed decisions, which will truly help sustainable living thrive.”

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