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Title: Life cycle assessment and environmental building declaration for "design building"

Source: fplrip-4851-015-Athena-Gu-OConnor

Author(s)Gu, Hongmei; O’Conner, Jennifer

Publication Year: 2016  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: With the increasing awareness of environmental impacts from buildings and construction, wood has become more popular for low-rise commercial building and multi-level residential building materials. The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst is building a wood structure to house classrooms, studios, computer labs, meeting rooms, a wood shop, and cafe. This "Design Building" (UM 2016) is a case study for demonstrating the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts reduction using sustainable wood materials. The internationally recognized environmental assesment tool called life-cycle assessment (LCA) offers a holistic analysis for the whole building from cradle-to-gate or cradle-to-grave assessment. LCA results can also be used to publish a summarized document called an environmental building declaration (EBD) to display the carbon footprint and life-cycle impacts data, similar to a nutrition label on a food package.

Keywords: green building; environmental building declaration; life cycle assessment; environmental impact; carbon footprint

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

Date posted: 09/16/2016
RITS Product ID: 81540
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Gu, Hongmei
Forest Products Technologist

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