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CABR LCA findings support WFC Applications

Su Yu

By Su Yu

Director, Government Relations, FII China

August 8, 2019


A recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Research shows that wood frame construction (WFC) projects can greatly reduce carbon emissions during the building’s full life cycle compared with steel and concrete structures, which is strong evidence to support the environmental benefits of WFC.

The research was funded by FII China and represents a collaborative effort by Canada Wood China, China Academy of Building Research (CABR) – one of the most recognized Chinese government building research institute and think tank, as well as the Athena Institute – a leading Canadian LCA research firm.

The research took various sample WFC projects around China to calculate their LCA based on China’s national standard for “Building Carbon Emissions Calculation” and results show that carbon emissions of these projects are reduced by 8.6 percent to 13.7 percent.

The LCA system is used to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a building product from cradle to crave, including stages as raw material extraction, materials processing, manufacturing and production, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, as well as disposal or recycling.

The results of the research were published during a bi-lateral roundtable organized by the CABR and FII China, and attended by executives of BCFII and CWC, and representatives of China Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development, Natural Resources Canada, and the Canadian Embassy. Representatives of the WFC projects that participated in this the research were also invited.

The WFC project was awarded a plaque that represents the percentage of their projects carbon emissions reductions on the roundtable, and next steps of WFC LCA promotions were specified during discussions.