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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)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Symons, Katie
Moncaster, Alice
Symons, Digby
Year of Publication
2013
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
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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Cross-Laminated Timber Constructions in a Sustainable Future – Transition to Fossil Free and Carbon Capture Technologies

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2696
Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Tellnes, Lars
Saxegård, Simon
Johnsen, Fredrik Moltu
Publisher
IOP Publishing Ltd
Year of Publication
2020
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Environmental Product Declaration
Carbon Capture and Storage
Climate Change
Life Cycle
Carbon Footprint
End of Life
Language
English
Research Status
Complete
Series
IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Summary
Cross laminated timber (CLT) has recently increased in use as a building material for low carbon design and is often applied in small and multi-story buildings. Several studies have shown lower fossil related greenhouse gas emission than alternatives, but the life cycle emissions vary substantially between different CLT producers. These emissions are mainly indirect and thus climate change mitigation could reduce these emissions. Previous research shows that that biofuels and carbon capture and storage (CCS) are technologies that have the potential to reduce the climate impacts of the CLT life cycle. This study assesses the impacts on climate change from CLT with these technologies within the framework of environmental product declarations (EPD). In the short run, switching to fossil free fuels provides a reduction in the carbon footprint of CLT. In the long run, CCS at the end-of-life of CLT buildings can provide a net negative carbon footprint over the life cycle. This assessment on the use of CLT is mainly related to the Sustainable Development Goal SDG9 Industries, innovation and infrastructure and the indicator for CO2 emissions per value added, so the assessment in this paper is mainly focused on this goal. SDG7 on affordable and clean energy and SDG15 Life on land are also relevant.
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End-of-life Disassembly and Re-use of Mass Timber

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2796
Topic
Design and Systems
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Organization
TallWood Design Institute
Oregon State University
Country of Publication
United States
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Design and Systems
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Deconstructable Connections
End of Life
Disassembly
Reuse
Mass Timber
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Project contact is Lech Muszynski at Oregon State University
Summary
The aim of this project is to remove this vulnerability by thoughtful conceptualization of basic strategies for optimizing the design of mass timber buildings for successful post-use material recovery/reuse and end-of-life climate benefit. Research questions will include: 1. Is demolition of decommissioned mass timber buildings a viable end-of-life option at all? 2. Can deconstruction be conducted by following construction steps in reverse order? 3.What may be the extent of damage inflicted to the connection nests, connected edges and surfaces of MTP elements during a deconstruction? 4.Can original connection nests be safely reused in structures re-using deconstructed MTP elements? 5.What is the impact of techniques and technologies selected at the design, production, and construction stages on the EOL options and carbon cost of deconstruction, 6. What is the carbon impact of deconstruction on reuse or recycling of MTP elements? 7. Do the existing deconstruction companies in the Pacific northwest have capacity to process mass timber panels that could not be reused? 8. What is the carbon costs of transportation and repurposing/recycling of MTP elements for non-structural uses?
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Environmental Assessment of the Production and End-of-Life of Cross-Laminated Timber in Western Washington

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2299
Year of Publication
2019
Topic
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Chen, Cindy Xiaoning
Publisher
University of Washington
Year of Publication
2019
Country of Publication
United States
Format
Thesis
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
End of Life
Life Cycle Analysis
Life-Cycle Assessment
Waste Reduction
Language
English
Research Status
Complete
Online Access
Free
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Mass Timber in the Circular Economy: Paradigm in Practice?

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2680
Year of Publication
2019
Topic
Environmental Impact
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Campbell, Adrian
Year of Publication
2019
Format
Journal Article
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Sustainability
End of Life
Recycling & Reuse of Materials
Language
English
Research Status
Complete
Series
Engineering Sustainability
Summary
Mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber have increased in popularity in the past decades. Their relative novelty, however, means that there is little actual experience of what happens to the products at end of life. Despite promoting the use of natural capital, biotic materials are not often covered in discussions on construction in the circular economy. Equally, it is unclear what model is most appropriate for construction to incorporate circular thinking. Different actions for circularity are reviewed against sustainable construction ambitions, and a simple model with basic circular actions is proposed as a means to review mass timber construction. Suggestions for how to adapt mass timber systems to include circular methods are presented, including design for combined manufacture and assembly and disassembly, the identification of future markets, improving the durability of timber buildings and acknowledging the wider system value of forestry.
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Whole-Life Carbon: Structural Systems

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2145
Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Hybrid Building Systems

Zero-Waste Mass-Timber Residential High-Rise: A Sustainable High-density Housing Solution

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2381
Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Environmental Impact
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
van Houten, Robert
Publisher
Delft University of Technology
Year of Publication
2020
Country of Publication
Netherlands
Format
Thesis
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Environmental Impact
Design and Systems
Keywords
Mass Timber
Residential
High-Rise
End of Life
Language
English
Research Status
Complete
Summary
More and more people live in cities. The building industry is responsible for 33% of waste production and is set to increase further to 50% in 2025. The energy efficiency is continuously increased, but the waste production at the end of life of a building is largely ignored. This design proposes a solution in the form of a zero-waste high-rise design. It uses only recyclable or renewable materials. Mass-timber is chosen as the main material as it is not only renewable and easily reusable, it is also a storage of CO2. The design reuses the foundation of existing buildings, and with the lightweight properties of mass-timber, increases the density on the location by building taller. The design is four times taller as the current buildings. To allow for sustainable densification, the design offers public and collective qualities. The building has been designed is such a way to be easily refitted during its life cycle or to be completely disassembled at the end of life.
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