What We Are

Building Transparency is a Washington State 501c(3) nonprofit. 
Our core mission is to provide the open access data and tools necessary to enable broad and swift action across the building industry in addressing embodied carbon's role in climate change.
Bulding Transparency is a result of nearly 50 industry partners coming together, to develop the Embodied Carbon in Construction calculator (EC3).  EC3 was initially created by Stacy Smedley of Skanska and Phil Northcott of C Change Labs.  Initial funding and piloting came from Microsoft, MKA Foundation, Charles Pankow Foundation, Interface, and Skanska USA.   The Carbon Leadership Forum incubated the tool up to public beta launch in November 2019. 

In early 2020, Building Transparency was established as a new Washington State nonprofit to continue the management and development of the EC3 tool, as well as provide the resources and education necessary to ensure its adoption.   BuildingTransparency has continued to develop EC3 in collaboration with its industry and AEC profession partners, and has expanded its offerings to cover other essential gaps required to address embodied carbon's role in climate change.