Life cycle assessment

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Many industries, rather than simply responding to increasingly stringent regulation, are now actively seeking to develop more environmentally benign products and processes. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is one of the best known tools for assessing the environmental impact of activities.

Life Cycle Assessment is a process of compilation and evaluation of inputs, outputs and potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its lifecycle.

 

Contents

  • Applications and limitations
  • Background
  • Process
  • Applications in construction
  • Implications for timber
  • Tools and support

Suggested Reading

Life-cycle costingnavigation-arrow

Life-cycle costing is a decision-making technique which takes into account both initial and future costs. For buildings and structures this usually means considering not just capital costs but relevant costs in use (operational costs) such as maintenance, component replacement, utilities, managing the asset for a given period, and end-of-life costs.

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06/07/2015 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Assessing structural timber elementsnavigation-arrow

In this extract from BM TRADA's Best practice guide to Timber in high-specification buildings, Dr John Williams discusses what to consider when assessing the condition of existing structural timber elements in refurbishment or conversion works.

Article from TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook 2015

01/01/2015 |  Magazine Article  

Action needed to maintain UK wood supplynavigation-arrow

Recent reports suggest that the availability of British timber is in danger. Stuart Goodall outlines the facts and the solutions available.

 

Article from Timber 2017 Industry Yearbook

01/03/2017 |  Magazine Article