Life Cycle Assessment of borate treated wood

IRG/WP 05-50224-12

M J Manning

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is being used increasingly around the world by decision-makers to help incorporate the environmental component of sustainability into their activities. U.S. Borax regularly assesses how its products contribute to sustainable development. Using data gleaned from LCA of its products, the company recently completed its first ISO 14040 compliant cradle-to-grave LCA of lumber treated with Tim-bor® Industrial (Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate) and Oriented Strand Board treated with Borogard ®ZB (Zinc Borate). The goal of this research is to give architects and builders better information to determine the environmental sustainability of using borate-treated building materials in their construction projects.

Keywords: Life Cycle Assessment, LCA, borates, disodium octaborate tetrahydrate, zinc borate, durability, sustainability

Conference: 05-02-07/08 Cannes-Mandelieu, France

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