The Landscape Performance Series Benefits Toolkit is a searchable collection of online tools and calculators to estimate landscape performance.
The tools can be used to estimate specific landscape benefits for completed projects when actual measurements are not available, or they can be used in the design phase to compare projected benefits among various options. Many tools also allow the user to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features.
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Environmental Benefits Calculator
This Microsoft Excel-based assessment tool estimates the environmental benefits of a study area or project, based on the tonnages of materials that are source reduced, reused, recycled, landfilled, or incinerated. Materials include lumber, construction and demolition materials, bricks, aggregate, and various household items. The calculator can also estimate the benefits of recycling or composting landscape waste (trimmings, grass, leaves, branches). Inputs for each material include tons recycled, tons reduced/reused, tons disposed. The user must follow instructions to look up and input state-specific greenhouse gas (GHG) and CO2 emission and energy consumption, expenditure, and generation data. Results are a number of tables and graphs showing emission reductions, energy use reductions, and natural resource savings.
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