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.

Key Features

  • Reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials
  • Provides a thorough overview, including strengths and shortcomings, of the life cycle assessment (LCA) and eco-labeling of eco-efficient construction and building materials
  • 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


Public and private bodies related to the construction sector: Municipalities and departments working with construction activities and sustainable infrastructure, construction companies, consultants, associations and councils; Architects; Civil engineers; Mechanical engineers; Environmental consultants; Materials scientists; Researchers and academics in the fields of civil and structural engineering, environmental engineering, and environmental management

Table of Contents

  • Contributor contact details
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering
  • 1: Introduction to the environmental impact of construction and building materials
    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Environmental impact assessment
    • 1.3 The European Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
    • 1.4 Outline of the book
  • Part I: Life cycle assessment (LCA), eco-labelling and procurement
    • 2: Mineral resource depletion assessment
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Definition and classification of mineral resources
      • 2.3 Trends in mineral use and depletion
      • 2.4 Dynamic analysis of mineral resource use and depletion: the Hubbert peak model
      • 2.5 From grave to cradle: A new approach to assess and account for mineral depletion
      • 2.6 Conclusions
    • 3: Life cycle assessment (LCA) of sustainable building materials: an overview
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 The environmental impact of building materials
      • 3.3 Life cycle assessment (LCA) and sustainable building materials
      • 3.4 Conclusions
    • 4: Life cycle assessment (LCA) of the building sector: strengths and weaknesses
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 The overall strengths and limitations of life cycle assessment (LCA)
      • 4.3 Strengths and weaknesses within LCA methodology
      • 4.4 Conclusions
    • 5: Using life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to develop eco-labels for construction and building materials
      • Abstract
      • 5.1 Introduction: life cycle thinking and eco-labels
      • 5.2 Life cycle assessment (LCA)
      • 5.3 Types of eco-labels and their relation to LCA
      • 5.4 Environmental certification programmes for buildings
      • 5.5 Future trends
      • 5.6 Sources of further information and advice
    • 6: The EU Ecolabel scheme


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About the authors

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal is a Senior Researcher in the C-TAC Research Centre at the University of Minho, Portugal. He has authored almost 300 publications, including 96 in ISI Web of Science-WoS and 92 on Scopus. Having received 798 citations in WoS (h-index=15) and 1125 citations on Scopus (h-index=18). He has a SCI Platinum h=30 the highest in the field of civil engineering in Portugal. He has also been the Lead Editor of 14 international books, with more than 500 contributors from 52 countries in the five continents.

Luisa F. Cabeza

Luisa F. Cabeza is Professor at the University of Lleida (Spain) where she leads the GREA research group. She has co-authored over 100 journal papers and several book chapters.

João Labrincha

João Labrincha is Associate Professor in the Materials and Ceramics Engineering Department of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and member of the CICECO research unit. He has registered 22 patent applications, and has published over 170 papers.

Aldo Giuntini de Magalhaes

Aldo Giuntini de Magalhães is a Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering and Construction at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and coordinates government research projects related to the area of Sustainable Buildings.