Life-cycle assessment


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life-cycle assessment

[′līf ‚sī·kəl ə‚ses·mənt]
(systems engineering)
A methodology that identifies the environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of a material or product in a specific application, thus identifying opportunities for improvement in environmental performance. Abbreviated LCA.

Life-cycle assessment

Examination of environmental and health impacts of a product or material over its life cycle; provides a mechanism for comparing different products and materials for green building.
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Lectromec is a Chantilly, Virginia based technology and engineering firm offering full life-cycle assessment, testing, and analysis services for aircraft wiring systems.
Support for life-cycle assessment of raw materials identifying critical raw materials and integrating supply shortages, waste management criteria and resource efficiency into European product policies.
10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production in the United States and Canada have declined significantly in recent years according to a new, peer-reviewed life-cycle assessment (LCA) report released by the Aluminum Association.
Among the topics are the state of the art in nanomechanics, characterizing nanocomposites by scattering methods, the mechanical-viscoelastic characterization of nanocomposites, characterizing mechanical and electric properties of nanocomposites, polymer nanocomposites characterized by thermal analysis techniques, and health hazards and recycling and life-cycle assessment of nanomaterials and their composites.
A life-Cycle Assessment of Portland Cement Manufacturing: Comparing the Traditional Process With Alternative Technologies.
To address this, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Concrete Sustainability Hub conducted a life-cycle assessment (LCA) study to evaluate and improve the environmental impact and study how the "dual use" aspect of concrete--its ability to offer a durable structure while providing thermal mass benefits for energy loads--affects the environmental footprint of the structure.
The study sought to calculate the total energy use and environmental impact of the material collection, fabrication, mass production and use of organic solar cells through a comprehensive life-cycle assessment of the technology.
When i this is combined with the \ environmental life-cycle assessment that Adas is conducting, the university hopes to have compelling data from which Defra can shape its policy.
Illustrated with b&w photos, images, and screenshots, the papers are organized in five categories of sensing, mobile and wearable computing, life-cycle assessment, and sustainable infrastructure, design, and development.
Life-cycle assessment (LCA) has provided a systematic scheme for evaluation and comparison of environmental burdens of complex production processes.
The technique involves looking at the environmental impact of a product across its entire existence, from the use of raw materials to packaging and end-of-life recycling, using life-cycle assessment.
Based on an ISO 14000-compliant life-cycle assessment (LCA) from "cradle to gate," Cerenol provides a 40% saving in nonrenewable energy and a 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the company says.