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Life Cycle Assessment of a cross laminated timber building

This project investigates the environmental performance associated with building, operating (heating, cooling, hot water and lighting systems) and end-of-life of the new multi-storey, cross laminated timber (CLT) residential Forté building in Melbourne.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), applied in accordance with ISO 14040:2006, was used to determine the potential environmental impacts. The Forte building was compared with a building of similar design built using a conventional structure utilising predominantly reinforced concrete as the main structural material.

The research shows the potential environmental impacts of eutrophication, water use, non-renewable cumulative energy and greenhouse gas emissions are lower for the Forté building. If carbon sequestration in the CLT panels at the end of life is included, the Forté building has a 22% lower global warming potential; if sequestration is not included in this indicator, Forté’s impacts are 13% lower. The Forté building does use more renewable energy.

The majority of the life cycle impacts occur during the operation of the buildings; however, building materials contribute to between 5% and 21% of impacts, depending on the environmental impact category and the building considered.

Reference Number:
PRA282-1112

Findings Report:
PRA282-1112_Life-Cycle_Assessment_of_a_cross_laminated_timber_building_0.pdf

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FWPA has launched the inaugural series of its new podcast, WoodChat. Each episode in the six-part pilot series will include an in-depth conversation with experts on a different industry-related news story, discovery or innovation.

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Our 5 Company Programs

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the benefits and use of forest and wood products, in line with community attitudes, environmental awareness and market trends.

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Aligning Products to Market Needs

Aligning Products to Market Needs

Ensuring that the industry’s products and services are fit-for-purpose, appropriately aligned to market needs and their availability better communicated to key influencers.

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Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Increasing the value and volume recovery from existing resources to ensure that all wood fibre is utilised to its highest and best purpose.

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Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing the availability of wood fibre to support an expanding market and associated manufacturing capacity.

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Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Ensuring that the industry has the skills and systems necessary to support improved decision making by all players across the value chain.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, Forest & Wood Products Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and we acknowledge their connection to the land and their custodianship of Country and forests. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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