The greenhouse benefits of using wood in Australian house design

medium_House Design.jpgThere is potential for increased greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation benefits through an increased use of wood products in buildings. A study reported in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (Nov, 2012) determined the GHG outcomes of the extraction, manufacture, transport, use in construction, maintenance and disposal of wood products and other building materials for two popular house designs in Sydney.

Significant GHG emission savings were achieved by optimising the use of wood products for two common house designs in Sydney. The switch of the sub-floor and floor covering components to a ‘wood’ option accounted for most of the GHG savings. Inclusion of end of life parameters significantly impacted on the outcomes of the study.

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