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The greenhouse gas and energy impacts of using wood instead of alternatives in residential construction in the United StatesAuthor(s): Brad Upton; Reid Miner; Mike Spinney; Linda S. Heath
Source: Biomass and Bioenergy. 32: 1-10.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionData developed by the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials were used to estimate savings of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption associated with use of wood-based building materials in residential construction in the United States. Results indicate that houses with wood-based wall systems require 15-16% less total energy for non-heating/cooling purposes than thermally comparable houses employing alternative steel- or concrete-based building systems. Results for non-renewable energy consumption are essentially the same as those for total energy, reflecting the fact that most of the displaced energy is in fossil fuels. Over a 100-year period, net greenhouse gas emissions associated with wood-based houses are 20-50% lower than emissions associated with thermally comparable houses employing steel- or concrete-based building systems.
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CitationUpton, Brad; Miner, Reid; Spinney, Mike; Heath, Linda S. 2008. The greenhouse gas and energy impacts of using wood instead of alternatives in residential construction in the United States. Biomass and Bioenergy. 32: 1-10.
Keywordscarbon, greenhouse gases, GHG, building materials, residential construction, wood products, lifecycle, CORRIM, LCA, concrete, steel, forestry
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