The economy is called upon to break new ground in order to achieve the 1.5-degree target enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement. Responsible for 38 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the construction industry in particular needs to rethink. But we are still lacking a patent recipe for how best to approach sustainable building. There are several reasons for this: each building is developed and constructed individually according to its use as well as the location. This means that strategies and concepts for sustainable construction and operation need to be planned and implemented individually. The entire life cycle must always be considered in order for experts to make accurate statements about the carbon footprint.

Preparing carbon balance sheets for buildings is among the particular focuses of our consulting services, so we have already accompanied numerous companies in the construction industry on their way to creating climate-neutral buildings.

A carbon footprint establishes clarity about the greenhouse gas emissions generated by your properties. The balance sheet is more than just an important element in the certification process. It is also used as an accurate benchmark for upcoming construction projects and presents fresh opportunities for your marketing.

We would be delighted to calculate the carbon footprint of your new build or refurbishment project. In addition, we can also advise you on reducing and offsetting your emissions on request.

  • Support with data acquisition
  • CO accounting for buildings
  • Calculation of variants and consulting on reductions
  • Result reports according to various standards
  • Experienced experts



Fokus Zukunft points the way to climate neutrality. Benefit from our interdisciplinary expertise and cross-sectoral experience in the area of building accounting.




Do you want to make your building projects more sustainable? Then let’s discuss what to do next! Our team will be delighted to explain in detail how we calculate the carbon footprint of buildings.


    We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers on the topic of carbon footprints for buildings. Please do not hesitate to contact our experts if you have further questions. To do so, simply fill out our Contact Form.

    Building accounts usually includes all phases in their life cycle and investigate the following aspects: the production of building products and the building’s use phase, as well as its demolishing and disposal. Individual phases in the life cycle can also be examined in more detail, depending on the objective and data availability.

    We also address your individual questions and aspects of the investigation when calculating the emissions. Would you like to explore the use of alternative building materials or compare different energy levels? Gladly!

    Date obtained from the construction documents and the component specifications is used to calculate the carbon footprint.
    Our experts will gladly accompany you in the process of data collection.

    An important objective of sustainable construction is to keep CO₂ emissions as low as possible over the entire life cycle of a building. When constructing a new build – or refurbishing an older one – it is important to use only materials with the lowest possible emissions. The type of heating system and electricity consumption are other major contributors to the carbon footprint during the period when the building is in use.
    For instance, a building supplied with gas heating may have a higher carbon footprint than one powered by an electric heat pump.

    Anyone planning to build according to sustainable principles should always aim to prevent high emissions in order to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible. As a rule, reduction measures in both new and current buildings are important tools to protect the climate. Emissions that cannot be avoided, even with attentive and sustainable construction methods, can be offset by funding internationally recognised emission-reduction projects. Offsetting unavoidable emissions by purchasing emission-reduction certificates has been an internationally recognised method of achieving ‘climate-neutral’ status since the Clean Development Mechanism was introduced under the Kyoto Protocol.
    Fokus Zukunft offers a large portfolio of high-quality carbon credits for this purpose. We would be delighted to assist you in selecting suitable projects.