Life Cycle Assessment And Environmental Building Declaration For “Design Building”

[Research In Progress] With the increasing awareness of environmental impacts from buildings and construction, wood has become more popular for low-rise commercial building and multi-level residential building materials. The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst is building a wood structure to house classrooms, studios, computer labs, meeting rooms, a wood shop, and cafe. This “Design Building” (UM 2016) is a case study for demonstrating the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts reduction using sustainable wood materials. The internationally recognized environmental assessment tool called life-cycle assessment (LCA) offers a holistic analysis for the whole building from cradle-to-gate or cradle-to-grave assessment. LCA…

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