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Economics, Statistics and Life Cycle Analysis Research

Project Title :  Evaluate the environmental impacts including carbon mitigation benefits of wood-based product production and use in combination with benefit
Project Number : FPL-4851-7B
Status : NEW
Start Date : 10-01-2012
End Date : 09-30-2019


View the 58 publications associated with this project.

Richard BergmanPrincipal Investigator:
Richard Bergman

Non Technical Summary
PhotoThis research will provide information on the environmental emissions to air, water and land associated with the production, use and disposal of a range of products made using wood. Evaluations can include the how greenhouse gas emissions for these product and uses compare to substitute nonwood products. Information can be used to develop environmental product declarations and in green building standards.


Objectives Summary
Evaluate the environmental impacts including carbon mitigation benefits of wood-based product production and use in combination with benefits of forest management.


Approach Summary
Provide life-cycle information to evaluate the environmental impacts associated with building materials and practices. Provide life-cycle information to evaluate the environmental impact of wood based products that includes the timing of GHG emissions and sequestration. Provide estimates of current annual and projected amounts of the GHG mitigation benefit of wood products stored in end uses and in landfills. Provide estimates of GHG mitigation benefit from combinations of forest treatments and forest products production / use.

Publications associated with this Project

Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2018A comparative life-cycle assessment of briquetting logging residues and lumber manufacturing coproducts in western United States04/03/18
2013A life cycle inventory for switchgrass fuel pellets10/30/14
2012Carbon Emission Reduction Impacts from Alternative Biofuels04/02/13
2016Carbon Mitigation Impacts of Increased Softwood Lumber and Structural Panel Use for Nonresidential Construction in the United States04/27/16
2019Carbon stored by furnishing wood-based products: an Italian case study09/04/19
2019Comparative life-cycle assessment of biochar activated carbon and synthesis gas electricity with commercially available alternatives09/26/19
2013Comparative Life-Cycle Assessment of California Redwood Decking08/04/14
2012Comparing Life-Cycle Carbon and Energy Impacts for Biofuel, Wood Product, and Forest Management04/02/13
2017CORRIM: forest products life-cycle analysis update overview08/31/18
2016Cradle to Gate Life Cycle Assessment of North American Cellulosic Fiberboard Production05/13/16
2013Cradle to Gate Life Cycle Assessment of Softwood Lumber Production from the Northeast-North Central08/19/14
2017Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of composite I-joists produced in the southeast region of the United States08/10/17
2016Cradle-To-Gate Life Cycle Assessment of North American Hardboard and Engineered Wood Siding and Trim Production09/15/16
2015Cradle-to-Gate Life Cycle Assessment of Switchgrass Fuel Pellets Manufactured in the Southeastern United States04/30/15
2015Cradle-to-gate life cycle impacts of redwood forest resource harvesting in northern California05/26/15
2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of composite I-joist production in the United States07/12/18
2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of composite I-joists produced in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States03/30/17
2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) produced in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States03/21/17
2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of laminated veneer lumber produced in the southeast region of the United States03/21/17
2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of laminated veneer lumber production in the United States07/12/18
2012Cradle-to-Gate Life-Cycle Inventory and Impact Assessment of Wood Fuel Pellet Manufacturing from Hardwood Flooring Residues in the Southeastern United States09/09/13
2015Cradle-to-Gate Life-Cycle Inventory of Cellulosic Fiberboard Produced in North America04/01/15
2015Cradle-to-Gate Life-Cycle Inventory of Hardboard and Engineered Wood Siding and Trim Produced in North America08/25/15
2017Cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment of syngas electricity from woody biomass residues09/12/17
2018Developing procedures and guidance for performing an environmental assessment of US wooden pallets02/14/19
2015Environmental Performance of North American Wood Panel Manufacturing07/17/15
2016Estimating GHG Emissions from the Manufacturing of Field-Applied Biochar Pellets04/29/16
2012Evaluating the Environmental Performance of Wood-Based Biofuels09/05/13
2014Gate-to-gate Life-Cycle Inventory of Hardboard Production in North America08/14/14
2014Heat treatment of Firewood for Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire): Case Studies08/08/14
2017Impacts of the Allocation Assumption in Life-Cycle Assessments of Wood-Based Panels*08/31/18
2015LCA Study for Pilot Scale Production of Cellulose Nano Crystals (CNC) from Wood Pulp04/28/16
2017Life cycle analysis of biochar [Chapter 3]06/08/17
2018Life cycle assessment and environmental building declaration for the design building at the University of Massachusetts06/06/18
2018Life cycle assessment of activated carbon from woody biomass09/10/18
2017Life cycle assessment of cellulosic ethanol and biomethane production from forest residues10/06/17
2019Life cycle assessment of forest-based products: a review09/11/19
2014Life cycle impacts of manufacturing redwood decking in Northern California07/29/14
2016Life cycle impacts of North American wood panel Manufacturing05/03/16
2013Life Cycle Impacts of Redwood Forest Resource Harvesting in Northern California08/04/14
2012Life Cycle Primary Energy and Carbon Analysis of Recovering Softwood Framing Lumber and Hardwood Flooring for Reuse02/28/13
2016Life-Cycle Assessment of a Distributed-Scale Thermochemical Bioenergy Conversion System07/11/16
2013Life-cycle assessment of redwood decking in the United States with a comparison to three other decking materials08/15/13
2013Life-Cycle Energy and GHG Emissions for New and Recovered Softwood Framing Lumber and Hardwood Flooring Considering End-of-Life Scenarios05/29/13
2015Life-cycle GHG emissions of electricity from syngas produced by pyrolyzing woody biomass07/07/15
2019Life-cycle impact and exergy based resource use assessment of torrefied and non-torrefied briquette use for heat and electricity generation08/23/19
2014Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis of Bioproducts from a Modular Advanced Biomass Pyrolysis System08/14/14
2014Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis of Cellulosic Fiberboard Production in North America08/14/14
2015Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis of I-joist Production in the United States07/09/15
2015Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis of Laminated Veneer Lumber Production in the United States04/30/15
2010Life-Cycle Inventory of Manufacturing Prefinished Engineered Wood Flooring in the Eastern United States08/19/14
2013Temporal Considerations of Carbon Sequestration in LCA08/19/14
2014The Carbon Impacts of Wood Products12/22/14
2014Updating of U.S. Wood Product Life-Cycle Assessment Data for Environmental Product Declarations08/27/14
2018Using life-cycle assessment to evaluate environmental impacts of briquette production from forest residues02/14/19
2018Using life-cycle assessment to evaluate environmental impacts of torrefied briquette production from forest residues02/15/19
2018Waste to Wisdom: Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products09/26/18
2018Workflow for publishing forestry LCI data through the LCA commons: a case study11/28/18

Project Summaries last modified: 08-22-2018