Fair Conditioning Carbon Footprint of one’s own Shelter – Fair Conditioning

Carbon Footprint of one’s own Shelter


Building Services



Academic Year

1'st Year


2'nd Year

Complexity Level


Content tags

Carbon Footprinting


Environmental Impact of Architecture


Sustainable Building Design

Activity Type

Numerical Exercise

Activity duration

< 30 mins


To calculate carbon footprint of one’s own house


Students will start understanding carbon footprint and know of the impact their own house and lifestyle creates on the environment.


Online Carbon Footprint Calculator


Fundamental knowledge of Carbon Footprint


Step 1: Introduce the basic mathematical calculation of carbon footprinting in the class

Carbon Footprint: Activity X Emission Factor


Carbon Footprint unit = metric tons of CO2e

Activity = Pattern of food, energy consumptions, transportation usage, etc

Emission Factor = Relevant default emission factor of each activity

Step 2: Each student can conduct carbon footprinting for their own house using an online footprint calculator. Some of the suggested calculators are referred to in the references.

Step 3: Initiate a discussion in the class to facilitate sharing of the results and the learnings, some of the prompt questions suggested are:

  • How many metric tons does their house produce? It would be interesting to know what is the maximum and minimum tons of carbon within the class and the kind of lifestyle that it pertains  to? 
  • Which component or activity caused the maximum carbon?
  • How would they reduce the carbon footprint, if they are willing to?  
  1. https://www.footprintcalculator.org/
  2. Carbon Footprint Reporter
  3. https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

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