Unlocking Sustainable Design: Introducing the Autodesk Revit Plugin for Total Carbon Analysis

Revolutionizing Architectural Sustainability with Carbon Insight

In today’s rapidly evolving architectural landscape, sustainability is not just a trend but a necessity. Architects and designers are continually seeking innovative tools to minimize the environmental impact of their projects. Enter Autodesk’s latest game-changer: the Carbon Insight plugin for Revit, designed to bring comprehensive carbon analysis right to your fingertips.

What is Carbon Insight?

The next generation of Autodesk Insight introduces Carbon Insight, a groundbreaking plugin tailored for Revit users. Carbon Insight allows architects to analyze the carbon impacts and tradeoffs between various architectural systems associated with a Revit model. This powerful tool is most effective during the early design phases, offering invaluable insights and feedback long before a detailed life cycle assessment of a fully designed model is required.

Why Early Phase Design Matters

Early phase design is critical in sustainability because it sets the foundation for all subsequent decisions. By integrating Carbon Insight into your workflow during these initial stages, you can make informed decisions that significantly reduce the environmental impact of your projects. The plugin’s capability to analyze a Revit model in its early stages ensures that sustainability is woven into the fabric of your design from the outset.

Accessible to All Revit Users

The new Carbon Insight plugin is available to anyone with a Revit or AEC Collection subscription. To get started, simply download the plugin from your Autodesk Account. The installers can be found under the Extensions tab of the Revit product card, making it easy to integrate this powerful tool into your existing workflow.

Leveraging the EC3 Database

One of the standout features of Carbon Insight is its integration with the EC3 (Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator) database. This database provides material averages for embodied carbon, offering default carbon factors for your calculations. However, flexibility is key; users can override these default factors with their own material carbon factor inputs, tailoring the analysis to specific project needs and preferences.

Comprehensive Analytical Results

Once the analysis is complete, Insight seamlessly opens in your default browser, displaying the results in open and flexible dashboards. These dashboards serve as a starting point for Total Carbon analysis, offering a clear and comprehensive overview of your project’s sustainability performance. The embodied carbon results are presented in three insightful graphs:

1. Total Embodied Carbon by Construction: This graph breaks down the total carbon footprint by various construction activities, providing a clear picture of where the most significant impacts lie.

2. Total Embodied Carbon by Material: This visualization helps you understand the carbon impact of different materials used in your project, enabling you to make more sustainable material choices.

3. Embodied Carbon Intensity by Area: This graph illustrates the carbon intensity relative to the project’s area, offering a metric that helps compare the sustainability performance of different design options.

Refining Your Analysis

With the initial analysis in hand, you can continue to review key sustainability performance metrics and assign embodied carbon definitions to refine your analysis further. This iterative process ensures that your project evolves to become as environmentally friendly as possible, aligning with both regulatory requirements and your sustainability goals.


The Carbon Insight plugin for Revit is more than just a tool; it’s a catalyst for change in the architectural industry. By providing detailed carbon analysis early in the design process, it empowers architects to make informed, sustainable choices that have a lasting positive impact on our environment. Download Carbon Insight today and take the first step towards a more sustainable future in architectural design.

Additional Resources:

For more information and to download the Carbon Insight plugin, visit your Autodesk Account and explore the Extensions tab under the Revit product card. Embrace the future of sustainable design with Autodesk Revit and Carbon Insight.

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