Software review: CapIT

10th January 2011

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Its developers – Mott MacDonald – describe CapIT as the UK’s first online buildings and civil engineering carbon and cost estimator, and the only system that provides output data for the embodied carbon of all construction activities.

It contains all the carbon and cost data in the ICE CESMM3 Carbon and Price book and the Hutchins UK Building Blackbook.

The structure of CapIT mirrors that of the price books, but importantly the cost and carbon data is updated quarterly, not annually.

CapIT is easy to use, only requiring users to input the quantity of a material, such as steel, or item – there are more than 8,000 items in the generic database – to receive an estimate of the cost and embodied carbon.

Users can tailor the system to meet their own requirements, as they are free to add their own data, items or carbon values as well as specify the region and time of a project.

Data can be downloaded into spreadsheets to integrate carbon information into management reports.

Cost: Subscription rates based on the number of licences, with discounts for multiple user licences:

  • Buildings or civil engineering database = £350 per user per annum.
  • Both buildings and civil engineering database = £600 per user per annum.
  • Discounts: 6–10 users = –20%; 11–20 users = –30%; 20+ users = –40%.


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