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Title: Life-Cycle Energy and GHG Emissions for New and Recovered Softwood Framing Lumber and Hardwood Flooring Considering End-of-Life Scenarios

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper, FPL-RP-672, 2013; 35 p.

Author(s)Bergman, Richard D., PhD.; Falk, Robert H.; Gu, Hongmei; Napier, Thomas R.; Meil, Jamie

Publication Year: 2013  View PDF »

Category: Research Papers
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4714-2B  FPL-4851-7B

Abstract: Within the green building fields is a growing movement to recover and reuse building materials in lieu of demolition and land fill disposal. However, they lack life-cycle data to help quantify environmental impacts. This study quantifies the primary energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released from the production of wood recovered from an old house and from new wood harvested from the forest and produced in a sawmill with both products ending up installed in a new house. In addition, the study quantifies the primary energy and GHG emissions released if the recovered wood is not reused but instead is either burned to replace coal or natural gas to generate electricity, landfilled with or without landfill gas capture equipment, ground into mulch, or some combination.

Keywords: energy; carbon emissions; reuse; softwood framing lumber; hardwood flooring; life-cycle; life-cycle inventory; LCI; end-of-life; EOL

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 1,111 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/29/2013

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RITS Product ID: 64006
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Bergman, Richard
Research Forest Products Technologist
Falk, Robert H.
Research General Engineer
Gu, Hongmei
Forest Products Technologist

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