The environmental footprint of interior wood doors in non-residential buildings. part 1, Life cycle assessment

Authors: Cobut, AlineBlanchet, PierreBeauregard, Robert
Abstract: Integrating environmental aspects into industrial practices has become a necessity. In fact, climate change and resource depletion have been established scientifically and can no more be neglected. Life Cycle Assessment is acknowledged to be an efficient tool to establish a product environmental profile and can be useful to businesses wishing to analyze their environmental record. Decreasing a building environmental footprint implies, among other considerations, a proper choice of building materials, both structural and architectural. A good avenue would be to select low environmental impact materials from cradle-to-grave. Architectural wooden doors are often specified in non-residential buildings in North America. However, only one Life Cycle Assessment has been carried out on wooden doors. This study explores the cradle-to-grave environmental profile of an interior wood door in a North American context. According to the results, the main contributor to the product impacts is the production of raw materials, especially the particleboard component, and their transportation to the manufacturing plant. The urea formaldehyde production is the main reason for particleboard impacts among the three damage categories, human health, climate change and resources, of IMPACT 2002þ. The other life cycle stages that have a noticeable influence on the door environmental impacts are shipping and end-of-life. Transportation as a whole affected the system total environmental score. The current results could serve as a basis for ecodesign implementation.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 30 April 2015
Open Access Date: 30 April 2017
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 109, 232–246 (2015)
Alternative version: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.04.079
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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