The importance of use and end-of-life phases to the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of concrete : a review

Wu, Peng, Xia, Bo, & Zhao, Xianbo (2014) The importance of use and end-of-life phases to the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of concrete : a review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 37, pp. 360-369.

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Global climate change is one of the most significant environmental impacts at the moment. One central issue for the building and construction industry to address global climate change is the development of credible carbon labelling schemes for building materials. Various carbon labelling schemes have been developed for concrete due to its high contribution to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, as most carbon labelling schemes adopt cradle-to-gate as system boundary, the credibility of the eco-label information may not be satisfactory because recent studies show that the use and end-of-life phases can have a significant impact on the life cycle GHG emissions of concrete in terms of carbonation, maintenance and rehabilitation, other indirect emissions, and recycling activities. A comprehensive review on the life cycle assessment of concrete is presented to holistically examine the importance of use and end-of-life phases to the life cycle GHG quantification of concrete. The recent published ISO 14067: Carbon footprint of products – requirements and guidelines for quantification and communication also mandates the use of cradle-to-grave to provide publicly available eco-label information when the use and end-of-life phases of concrete can be appropriately simulated. With the support of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and other simulation technologies, the contribution of use and end-of-life phases to the life cycle GHG emissions of concrete should not be overlooked in future studies.

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ID Code: 72517
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Concrete, GHG emissions, Use phase, End-of-life phase, ISO 14067
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.04.070
ISSN: 1364-0321
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 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 Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, [VOL 37, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.04.070
Deposited On: 03 Jun 2014 23:09
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 21:02

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