Life Cycle Environmental Performance of Renewable Building
Materials in the Context of Residential Construction

Phase 2 Final Report - January 2010

Environmental-performance measures for renewable building materials with alternatives for improved performance:

Extending the structural component supply regions to Northeast Northcentral and Inland Northwest; assembly coverage to wall and floor components; product coverage to resins, medium density fiberboard, particleboard, and hardwood floors; and virtual building structures to west coast locations with seismic requirements

  • RESEARCH PROTOCOL : These research guidelines were developed to ensure a consistent and comparable approach among the various institutions, panels, and task groups conducting CORRIM research. The guidelines detail the information required, include definitions, conventions and measurement units, and cover a range of methodological issues with particular emphasis on establishing boundaries and analysis limits to scope studies.
  • FINAL REPORT MODULES:
    • MODULE A:   Life-Cycle Impacts of Inland Northwest and Northeast/North Central Forest Resources
    • MODULE B: Life Cycle Inventory of Inland Northwest Softwood Lumber Manufacturing
    • MODULE C: Life-Cycle Inventory of Hardwood Lumber Manufacturing in the Northeast and North Central United States
    • MODULE D: Life-Cycle Inventory of Softwood Lumber Manufacturing in the Northeastern and North Central United States
    • MODULE E: Life-Cycle Inventory of Solid Strip Hardwood Flooring in the Eastern United States
    • MODULE F: Particleboard: A Life-Cycle Inventory of Manufacturing Panels from Resource through Product
    • MODULE G: Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF): A Life-Cycle Inventory of Manufacturing Panels from Resource through Product
    • MODULE H: Resins: A Life-Cycle Inventory of Manufacturing Resins Used in the Wood Composites Industry
    • MODULE I: Life-Cycle Assessments of Subassemblies Evaluated at the Component Level
    • MODULE J: Seismic Code Considerations and Their Life Cycle Impacts of Single-Family Structures
    • MODULE K: Integrating Products, Emission Offsets, and Wildfire into Carbon Assessments of Inland Northwest Forests
    • MODULE L: Life-Cycle Inventory of Hardwood Lumber Manufacturing in the Southeastern United States
    • MODULE M: Impact of Increasing Biofuel Use in Solid Wood Production
    • MODULE N: Life-Cycle Inventory of Manufacturing Prefinished Engineered Wood Flooring in the Eastern United States