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The Environmental Impact of Reused CLT Panels: Study of a Single-Storey Commercial Building In Japan

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2377
Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Energy Performance
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Passarelli, Rafael
Year of Publication
2018
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Energy Performance
Design and Systems
Keywords
Global Warming Potential
Commercial
Panels
Carbon
Design for Reuse
Timber Cascade
Life-Cycle Assessment
LCA
Construction
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Summary
The study investigates the environmental benefits of reusing Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels. The Global Warming Potential (GWP) of a single-stored Coffee shop built in 2016 in Kobe city was calculated, considering different CLT reuse ratios, forest land-use and material substitution possibilities. The results showed that as the rate of reused CLT panel increases the total GWP decreases. Moreover, in all cases, the option with smallest GWP is when the surplus wood is used for carbon storage in the forest, revealing the importance of a growing forest for increasing the environmental benefits of timber utilisation. The results suggest the systematic reuse of CLT panels offers a possibility to increase the carbon stock of Japanese Cedar plantation forests and further mitigate the environmental impact of construction.
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Life Cycle Assessment of Cross-Laminated Timber Transportation from Three Origin Points

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2923
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Hemmati, Mahboobeh
Messadi, Tahar
Gu, Hongmei
Organization
University of Arkansas
USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory
Editor
D’Acierno, Luca
Publisher
MDPI
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Life-Cycle Assessment
Mass Timber
Global Warming Potential
Transportation
Research Status
Complete
Series
Sustainability
Summary
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) used in the U.S. is mainly imported from abroad. In the existing literature, however, there are data on domestic transportation, but little understanding exists about the environmental impacts from the CLT import. Most studies use travel distances to the site based on domestic supply origins. The new Adohi Hall building at the University of Arkansas campus, Fayetteville, AR, presents the opportunity to address the multimodal transportation with overseas origin, and to use real data gathered from transporters and manufacturers. The comparison targets the environmental impacts of CLT from an overseas transportation route (Austria-Fayetteville, AR) to two other local transportation lines. The global warming potential (GWP) impact, from various transportation systems, constitutes the assessment metric. The findings demonstrate that transportation by water results in the least greenhouse gas (GHG) emission compared with freight transportation by rail and road. Transportation by rail is the second most efficient, and by road the least environmentally efficient. On the other hand, the comparison of the life cycle assessment (LCA) tools, SimaPro (Ecoinvent database) and Tally (GaBi database), used in this research, indicate a remarkable difference in GWP characterization impact factors per tonne.km (tkm), primarily due to the different database used by each software.
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Massive Wood Material for Sustainable Building Design: the Massiv–Holz–Mauer Wall System

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2101
Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls

Platte Fifteen Life Cycle Assessment

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2991
Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Environmental Impact
Cost
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Feitel, Alexis
Redwine, Bob
Kingsley, Greg
Hug, Colin
White, Jason
Organization
KL&A Engineers and Builders
Adolfson & Peterson
Publisher
Think Wood
WoodWorks
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Report
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Environmental Impact
Cost
Keywords
Platte Fifteen
Life Cycle Assessment
Embodied Carbon
Global Warming Potential
Comparative Cost Study
Research Status
Complete
Summary
This life cycle assessment (LCA) study compares the embodied carbon, construction costs, and speed of construction of three functionally equivalent buildings in mass timber, steel, and concrete, all based on an actual mass timber office building in Denver, Colorado. The constructed reference building, Platte Fifteen, was the largest mass timber building in Denver, Colorado at the time of its construction, with a height of 70 ft (21.4 meters) and an above-grade floor area of 150,000 ft2 (14,000 m2 ). The building includes four levels of Type III-B construction over a Type I-A concrete podium with two levels of below-grade parking. The developer was Crescent Real Estate LLC and the project team included OZ Architecture, KL&A Engineers and Builders, and Adolfson and Peterson Construction.
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