From the Inside Flap
From cradle to gate, the environmental effects of products used in building and construction (B/C) prompt researchers to explore and apply life-cycle assessment (LCA) techniques. In this report on the state of the art, nearly 50 international experts share their thinking on Focus for LCA studies: in both B/C and building material and component combinations (BMCCs) Guidelines for differing goals: cradle-to-gate and gate-to-grave Service life scenarios: actual and dynamically modeled End-of-life scenarios: formulated according to current waste management, developing recycling technologies, and country or site dependence Indoor air quality (IAQ): its link to design and BMCCs Labelling and declaration systems: the difficulty of exchanging labels and the need for harmonization Stressing knowledge transfer and communication, the authors of Life-Cycle Assessment in Building and Construction contribute significantly to our ability to make environmentally sound, meaningful choices in design and materials, from goal and scope definition to inventory analysis, impact assessment, interpretation and communication of results, and relation to other assessment instruments. Not only LCA practitioners but also manufacturers and designers will reap rewards from the well-considered contents of this book.
About the Author
Shpresa Kotaji studied Industrial Chemistry in Brussels, Belgium. She joined ICI Polyurethanes (now Huntsman Polyurethanes) in 1988 in the Research and Development Team, where she worked on developing CFC-free polyurethane integral skin foams and new generations of polyurethane products for the automotive industry. In 1995, she joined the International Environmental Affairs Group and became the company specialist on environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA). She has gained more experience in a wider range of environmental issues and is now part of the Global Product EHS Group and is the Issue Manager for Waste Management, Environmental and Energy Labelling, Ozone and Climate Change issues. She is also the Issue Manager for Life-Cycle Assessment and Environmental Labelling of ISOPA, the European trade association for producers of di-isocyanates.
Suzy Edwards is a Principal Consultant in the Centre for Sustainable Construction at Building Research Establishment (BRE), the United Kingdoms leading organisation for research and consultancy in construction. Edwards leads the BRE team providing environmental information to materials manufacturers and users. She is an author of the UK methodology for applying LCA to construction products and is the manager of the BRE Certification Scheme for Environmental Profiles of construction products. She is a member of ISOTC59, the technical committee that deals with international standards for building.
Agnes Schuurmans works as a senior consultant in the field of environmental aspects of building materials, environmental life cycle analyses and environmental product declarations. She has more than 10 years experience in LCA for the building industry. She is employed by INTRON, a Dutch research and consultancy firm specialising in technical and environmental issues in the building sector. Agnes is a member of the SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee and was convenor and secretary of the SETAC Europe Working Group LCA in Building and Construction.