ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS OF CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS WITH AND WITHOUT RECYCLING

This paper discusses a methodology for the assessment of the impact of construction products on the environment, called "Environmental Life Cycle Analysis of Products (LCA)". In an LCA all environmental effects of a product during its entire life cycle are quantified. There are three main phas: production; use; and the waste phase. A large number of environmental aspects is taken into account. Through quantification similar environmental aspects can be compared in an objective way. Applications of the LCA method are mentioned. These include applications as: a) a marketing instrument for producers and suppliers; b) a means for product comparison; c) a basis for product or process improvement or innovation; and d) an environmental management tool within a company. Examples of LCA studies are discussed for: a) a concrete and a steel with concrete bridge deck for the span of a bridge; and b) a concrete and an asphalt road. For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 869363.

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 709-18

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  • Accession Number: 00675812
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: DIENST WEG- EN WATERBOUWKUNDE (DWW)
  • ISBN: 0-444-81853-7
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1995 12:00AM