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Eco-efficient Construction and Building Materials

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Eco-Labelling and Case Studies

Eco-efficient Construction and Building Materials reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials. Part one discusses the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to building materials as well as eco-labeling. Part two includes case studies showing the application of LCA methodology to different types of building material, from cement and concrete to wood and adhesives used in building. Part three includes case studies applying LCA methodology to particular structures and components.

Audience

A comprehensive insight into all aspects of the life cycle assessment and eco-labelling of eco-efficient construction and building materials, and is an essential text for construction industry professionals, researchers, academics, post-graduate and under-graduate university students

Hardbound, 624 Pages

Published: December 2013

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-85709-767-5

Contents

  • Introduction to the environmental impact of construction and building materials. Part 1 Life cycle assessment (LCA), eco-labelling and procurement: Mineral resource depletion assessment; LCA of sustainable building materials: An overview; LCA of the building sector: strengths and weaknesses; Using LCA methodology to develop eco-labels for construction and building materials; The EU Ecolabel scheme and its application to construction and building materials; Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) labelling of construction and building materials; Shortcomings of eco-labelling of construction and building materials; Green public procurement (GPP) of construction and building materials. Part 2 Assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials: Assessing the environmental impact of conventional and ‘green’ cement production; LCA of concrete made using recycled concrete or natural aggregates; LCA of building thermal insulation materials; LCA of phase change materials (PCMs) used in buildings; LCA of wood-based building materials; The environmental impact of adhesives; LCA of road pavement materials. Part 3 Assessing the environmental impact of particular types of structure: Comparing the environmental impact of reinforced concrete and wooden structures; Assessing the sustainability of prefabricated buildings; LCA of green facades and living wall systems; Assessing the environmental and economic impacts of cladding systems for green buildings; LCA of windows and window materials; LCA of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) structures; LCA of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in civil applications.

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