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Life Cycle Assessment Project


KPFF Consulting Engineers
North Carolina State University
USDA Forest Products Laboratory

North Carolina State University and USDA Forest Products Laboratory are performing a multi-year research project evaluating the potential for wood buildings to sequester carbon, support forest communities, and create new options for forest management using Framework as a real-life case study.

In collaboration with the research team, LEVER and KPFF Consulting Engineers are providing information on the structural design and material sourcing in order for the research team to develop a complete 3rd party assessment of the material, carbon, and energy footprint for the Framework project. By using Tally for Revit, this Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research will pull data seamlessly from the design of Framework.

This LCA study will include a comprehensive evaluation of the entire manufacturing and forestry system that supports the mass timber-based building industry. In conjunction with this assessment, the research team will evaluate two alternative structural designs for the Framework project that utilize steel and concrete in lieu of wood. These two alternative structural systems will then undergo their own comprehensive LCA. The results of these comparisons will be published so that building industry stake-holders can better understand the relative life cycle impact of different construction materials. The intent of the project is to provide relevant and useful information that will help building industry stakeholders make informed decisions based on the actual environmental, social, and economic impact of the buildings they produce.

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