Environmental Performance Of North American Wood Panel Manufacturing

Manufacturing building products such as wood panels has environmental impacts, including contributions to climate change. This paper is a compilation of four studies quantifying these impacts using the life-cycle assessment (LCA) method on five wood-based panel products made in North America during 2012. LCA is an internationally accepted and standardized method for evaluating the environmental impacts of products. Using LCA, holistic environmental impacts were calculated based on survey data from mills on emissions to air and water, solid waste, energy consumption, and resource use. The present study incorporated cradle-to-gate production of nonwood materials including additives and energy products, such as natural gas and coal, consumed a…

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