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Project will assess environmental impact of biomaterials

NetComposites and BRE Global Ltd. have announced an effort to assess the environmental credentials of naturally derived construction materials.

Posted on: 11/3/2008
Source: CompositesWorld

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NetComposites (Chesterfield, U.K.) and BRE Global Ltd. (Watford, U.K.) have announced an effort to assess the environmental credentials of naturally derived construction materials. The BioCompass project will address the problem faced by the construction industry in that there is limited understanding of the environmental performance of these relatively new materials, making like-for-like comparisons difficult. The work is being undertaken under a UK LINK collaborative research project funded through the DEFRA renewable materials program.   

The project will focus on environmental issues such as:
--Raw material supply, including crop production and land-use
--Energy requirements for primary and secondary processing
--Durability of these naturally derived materials compared to conventional alternatives
--End of life issues, including, recyclability, composting, recovery and re-use.

The project team, comprising experts from the construction sector and natural materials industry, will produce information, guidance and tools for the environmental understanding of these materials and their comparison to conventional alternatives.

This reportedly will enable companies throughout the sector to make well-informed decisions about the likely benefits of crop-based materials without the cost and time requirements of conducting detailed life-cycle impact studies. It will also allow the industry to deal with clients on a more informed basis, further stimulating the growth of materials derived from crops.

Information: Visit www.biocompass.org.uk.

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