Life-cycle analysis

Life-cycle analysis

The assessment of a product’s full environmental costs, from raw material to final disposal, in terms of its extraction costs, transportation, manufacturing, consumption, use, and disposal throughout its lifetime. Life-cycle analysis is used as a tool for evaluating the relative performance of building materials and technologies. The life-cycle cost is the amortized annual cost of a product, including capital costs, installation costs, operating costs, maintenance costs, and disposal costs discounted over the lifetime of a product.
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The PLAN shall include preliminary cost estimates for the CIP s and a life-cycle analysis.
He also discusses cost-benefit analysis and measuring ecological benefits, risk analysis, mass balances and metabolic analysis, life-cycle analysis, carbon accounting and footprinting, and corporate culture.
8221; He further stated, “The two volumes present strong and comprehensive methodologies for enhancing bridge and other civil infrastructure with emphasis on risk monitoring, life-cycle analysis, and decision-making.
March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyle has been awarded a three-year $24 million contract to provide reliability improvement, testing, technology insertion and life-cycle analysis for unmanned air systems and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance project and programs for the Naval Air Systems Command.
They also must be familiar with life-cycle analysis of their products and understand the end-of-life scenario once the products' useful life has ceased.
Based on life-cycle analysis, the seven-hour flight saved approximately 5.
Hileman and his team performed a life-cycle analysis of 14 fuel sources, including conventional petroleum-based jet fuel and "drop-in" biofuels: alternatives that can directly replace conventional fuels with little or no change to existing infrastructure or vehicles.
CRADLE-TO-CRADLE: A term used in life-cycle analysis to describe a material or product that is recycled into a new product at the end of its defined life.
While the energy consumption of the information technologies continues to attract headlines, Lexmark's Life-Cycle Analysis found that most of a printer's carbon footprint actually comes from paper use -- compared with around ten per cent in terms of energy.
The tool then calculates users printing environmental impact based on a full Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) of a Lexmark laser printer .
Topics covered include biorefinery design, biomass life-cycle analysis, plant cell wall structure, chemical treatments, enzymatic hydrolysis, and product fermentation options.
Linda Condon, Manager of the National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne University, advises parents to consider each product's life cycle, referring to a 2005 independent life-cycle analysis study commissioned by the UK Government, which compared disposables, commercially laundered nappies and home-laundered nappies.