Environmental Impact of Biomaterials and Biomass
This report reviews how biomaterials and biomass have been assessed within The Green Guide to Specification, including the application of the Environmental Profiles methodology, which underlies data. The way in which biomaterials and biomass are addressed within building-level environmental assessment schemes such as BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes is also explained.
The report will give manufacturers and specifiers a general understanding of the significant benefits and impacts of biomaterials and biomass over their whole life cycle and help to identify opportunities for improvements to their environmental performance.
It is part of a series that provides comparable information on windows, masonry and concrete, metals, floor finishes, cladding and insulation to assess the environmental impact of specific construction materials.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Solid Timber 3. Wood-based Panels and Products 4. Plant Fibre and Cellulose 5. Animal Fibre
6. Biomass Energy 7. Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Profiles and The Green Guide 8. Applying the Updated Environmental Profiles Methodology to Biomaterials and Biomass 9. Functional Units 10. Treatment of Service Life and Durability 11. Modelling/Allocation 12. Treatment of Recycled and Reclaimed Inputs 13. Waste Disposal Scenarios 14. Treatment of Landfill at End of Life 15. Treatment of Recycling at End of Life 16. Carbon Sequestration 17. Transport in the Supply Chain 18. Key Impacts and Opportunities for the Biomaterials and Biomass Sector 19. Where More Data are Required