The paper presents a life cycle assessment of a kenaf-fibre insulation board following the international standards of the ISO 14040 series. Eachlife-cycle step has been checked, from kenaf production and board manufacture by an Italian firm, to use and disposal.The aim is to assess the board eco-profile and to compare, on the basis of a life-cycle approach, the energy and environmental benefits anddrawbacks related to its employment into a typical residential dwelling. A comparison among various insulating materials has been carried out.The study focuses also on processes and input materials which cause the main environmental impacts of the product, and points out criticalissues and the life-cycle steps with the highest improvement potentials.

Building energy performance: A LCA case study of kenaf-fibres insulation board

MISTRETTA, Marina
2008

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The paper presents a life cycle assessment of a kenaf-fibre insulation board following the international standards of the ISO 14040 series. Eachlife-cycle step has been checked, from kenaf production and board manufacture by an Italian firm, to use and disposal.The aim is to assess the board eco-profile and to compare, on the basis of a life-cycle approach, the energy and environmental benefits anddrawbacks related to its employment into a typical residential dwelling. A comparison among various insulating materials has been carried out.The study focuses also on processes and input materials which cause the main environmental impacts of the product, and points out criticalissues and the life-cycle steps with the highest improvement potentials.
Bio-building materials; LCA; Sustainable building
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