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Life cycle assessment and environmental profiling of building materials

K. Steele,     Arup: Façades and Materials, UK

Abstract:

Sustainability is a complex challenge facing the world today. It requires a holistic approach to thinking which brings together social, economic and environmental dimensions. The built environment, with its vast consumption of energy and resources, and resultant emissions has an important role to play in meeting this challenge. It follows that the manufacture and supply of building materials must contribute to this. Within this context, life cycle thinking and the examination of materials’ embodied impact must go hand in hand with a broader agenda including healthy and safe materials, responsible sourcing and ...

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