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Front. Built Environ. | doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2019.00129

The Environmental Consequences Concerning the Use of Timber in the Built Environment

  • 1JCH Industrial Ecology Ltd, United Kingdom

The use of timber in the built environment provides environmental benefits which arise dues to the substitution of higher impact materials, the storage of sequestered atmospheric carbon in long-life products and the recovery of inherent energy in the material at the end of life. This manuscript explores the issues that determine how embodied energy and global warming potential are calculated and reported. The article discusses the literature which compares the use of timber in the built environment and other materials in life cycle assessment studies. The issue of how sequestered carbon should be dealt with is also discussed. End of life considerations are also addressed.

Keywords: Life Cycle (Impact) Assessment, Carbon, Global warming potential (GWP), Timber, sequestered CO2

Received: 24 Apr 2019; Accepted: 10 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Hill. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Callum Aidan Stephen Hill, JCH Industrial Ecology Ltd, Bangor, United Kingdom, enquiries@jchindustrial.co.uk