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...

Topics

Carbon sequestration & avoidance

System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC)

Deborah A. Cohen and Thomas L. McKenzie
2007

SOPARC is a direct observation tool for assessing use of parks and play areas. The tool provides protocols for observers to track users’ physical activity levels, activity types, genders, and estimated age and race/ethnicity groupings during a specified time frame using momentary time sampling. It can also be used...

Topics

Recreational & social value, Health & well-being, Play equipment, Active living

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...

Topics

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

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...

Topics

Operations & maintenance savings, Construction cost savings

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...

Topics

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

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