By displacing virgin raw material used to manufacture PBT, LNP Elcrin iQ resin has been shown through peer-reviewed life-cycle assessment
to reduce the energy and carbon footprint of the material by up to 61% and 49%, respectively.
Moreover, a green roof cools the building during the summer and thus reduces the cost of air conditioning.The European Union is beginning to push through the so-called Life-cycle assessment
(LCA), a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance and disposal or recycling.
Streamlined Life-Cycle Assessment
: A Final Report from the SETAC North America Streamlined LCA Workgroup, July.
Since its inception in 1996, the nonprofit Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM; www.corrim.org) has developed comprehensive environmental performance information on wood building materials consistent with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for life-cycle inventory (LCI) and life-cycle assessment
Based on a 100-year life-cycle assessment
methodology, the Life Cycle Assessment of PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials includes a study of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe conducted according to life-cycle assessment
(LCA) standards ISO 14040 series.
"There is significant inconsistency in the way that many life-cycle assessment
studies consider, or in some cases ignore, the life-cycle stages of buildings," notes MIT Materials Systems Laboratory principal research scientist Randy Kirchain, CSHub co-director and report co-author.
* UPM Raflatac has cooperated with leading Italian wine producer Cielo e Terra on a life-cycle assessment
(LCA) to study the environmental impacts of wine bottles.
Lectromec is a Chantilly, Virginia based technology and engineering firm offering full life-cycle assessment
, testing, and analysis services for aircraft wiring systems.
With this most recent life-cycle assessment
weve commissioned, we aimed to take these developments into account and obtain solid information, based on the latest life-cycle assessment
findings, about the environmental impacts of the main packaging solutions currently used for long-life foods such as soups, sauces, tomato products, vegetables and ready-meals.
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.