The past, present and future of carbon labelling for construction materials – a review

Wu, Peng, Xia, Bo, Pienaar, Josua, & Zhao, Xianbo (2014) The past, present and future of carbon labelling for construction materials – a review. Building and Environment, 77, pp. 160-168.

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Global climate change is one of the most significant environmental issues that can harm human development. One central issue for the building and construction industry to address global climate change is the development of a credible and meaningful way to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2050, the first international GHG standard, has been proven to be successful in standardizing the quantification process, its contribution to the management of carbon labels for construction materials is limited. With the recent publication of ISO 14067: Greenhouse gases – carbon footprint of products – requirements and guidelines for quantification and communication in May 2013, it is necessary for the building and construction industry to understand the past, present and future of the carbon labelling practices for construction materials. A systematic review shows that international GHG standards have been evolving in terms of providing additional guidance on communication and comparison, as well as less flexibility on the use of carbon labels. At the same time, carbon labelling schemes have been evolving on standardization and benchmarking. In addition, future actions are needed in the aspect of raising consumer awareness, providing benchmarking, ensuring standardization and developing simulation technologies in order for carbon labelling schemes for construction materials to provide credible, accurate and transparent information on GHG emissions.

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ID Code: 70469
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: International GHG standards, Carbon labels, Global climate change, Greenhouse gas emissions, Construction materials
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.03.023
ISSN: 0360-1323
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Building and Enviornment. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Building and Enviornment, [Volume 77, (July 2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.03.023
Deposited On: 24 Apr 2014 02:38
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2016 18:35

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