Lifecycle analysis of wood composites
Lifecycle analysis of wood composites
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Lifecycle analysis of wood composites
IPIRTI has developed a series of structural products from bamboo viz., Bamboo Mat Board , Bamboo Mat Veneer Composite, Bamboo Mat Corrugated Sheets, Bamboo Mat Moulded Skin Board Door, Bamboo Mat Compregs etc and plywood & other panel products from plantation timber .All these products are used in house construction or domestic purposes. Use of short rotational( 2 – 6 years) plant like Bamboo and plantation timber will save wood from forest and consequently conserve our natural resources.
However all bamboo and plantation wood based products are bio-degradable, hence the life span study is a vital necessity for these new generations products.
Life Cycle Analysis for wood and bamboo composite products takes a systems approach to evaluate the environmental consequences of a material, product or process. Life-cycle inventory quantifies the energy and raw material inputs and environmental releases associated with each stage of production of wood and bamboo composite products. This helps in evaluation of the potential environmental impacts associated with those inputs and outputs. Also provides an analysis of opportunities to mitigate the environmental impacts.
The study would conclude with i) the creation of a consistent data base of environmental performance measures associated with the production, use, maintenance, re-use and disposal of wood and non-wood materials i.e. from resource regeneration to end use and disposal, thereby covering full product life cycle “from cradle to grave”. ii) Development of an analytical framework for evaluating life cycle environmental and economic impacts for alternative materials in competing or complementary applications so that decision makers can make consistent and systematic comparisons of options for improving environmental performance.
The methodology and process developed provides a practical pragmatic structure for evaluating the Life cycle, performing Cost/Benefit and Risk/Benefit analyses of a system.
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