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An Application of the CEN/TC350 Standards to an Energy and Carbon LCA of Timber Used in Construction, and the Effect of End-of-Life Scenarios

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2376
Year of Publication
2013
Topic
Energy Performance
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Timber (unspecified)
Application
Wood Building Systems
General Application
Author
Symons, Katie
Moncaster, Alice
Symons, Digby
Year of Publication
2013
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Timber (unspecified)
Application
Wood Building Systems
General Application
Topic
Energy Performance
Keywords
Embodied Carbon
Life-Cycle Assessment
Built Environment
End of Life
LCA
Europe
Language
English
Conference
Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society conference
Research Status
Complete
Summary
The use of timber construction products and their environmental impacts is growing in Europe. This paper examines the LCA approach adopted in the European CEN/TC350 standards, which are expected to improve the comparability and availability of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The embodied energy and carbon (EE and EC) of timber products is discussed quantitatively, with a case study of the Forte building illustrating the significance of End-of-Life (EoL) impacts. The relative importance of timber in the context of all construction materials is analysed using a new LCA tool, Butterfly. The tool calculates EE and EC at each life cycle stage, and results show that timber products are likely to account for the bulk of the EoL impacts for a typical UK domestic building.
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UK Experience of the Use of Timber as a Low Embodied Carbon Structural Material

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2140
Year of Publication
2014
Topic
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Timber (unspecified)
Light Frame (Lumber+Panels)
Application
Wood Building Systems

Why Method Matters: Temporal, Spatial and Physical Variations in LCA and Their Impact on Choice of Structural System

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2142
Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Moncaster, Alice
Pomponi, Francesco
Symons, Katherine
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2018
Country of Publication
Netherlands
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Life-Cycle Assessment
Embodied Carbon
Embodied Energy
Case Study
Buildings
Residential
Language
English
Research Status
Complete
Series
Energy and Buildings
Online Access
Free
Resource Link
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