i-Tree Design (beta) allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual trees provide. With inputs of location, species, tree size and condition, users will get an understanding of the benefits that trees provide related to greenhouse gas mitigation, air quality improvements and storm water interception. With the added step of drawing a house or building footprint—and virtually "planting" a tree—trees' effects on building energy use can be evaluated.Using it is straightforward:
This tool is intended to be a simple and accessible starting point for understanding individual trees' value to the homeowner and their community.
- Enter a street address.
- Select the common name of the tree species or genus.
- Enter the size, indicated by DBH: diameter at breast height (5' off the ground).
- Select the general health or condition of the tree, from "Excellent" to "Dead or Dying."
The application requires Flash to be supported and enabled in your browser, so it won't work behind many corporate firewalls.