There is a significant consumer movement that is interested in green or environmentally conscious construction methods," said James Wilson, a professor of wood science and engineering at Oregon State University and vice president of CORRIM.
The CORRIM study included a life-cycle assessment of different construction materials and techniques.
Kelley, whose research interests include the sustainable production of energy and materials from biomass, and life cycle analysis of wood products and energy systems, will focus his speech on "Counting Carbon to EPD; a Retrospective and Prospective on CORRIM
," reflecting on the use of life cycle analysis tools to evaluate the performance of materials used in home construction.
CORRIM research guidelines require conformity to lifecycle protocols including specification of purpose, functional unit, boundaries, data categories, collection procedures, and quality assessments (http://www.
Because of widespread interest on reducing carbon emissions, CORRIM has in earlier articles tracked carbon impacts for functional units (e.
Funding constraints limited the analysis in this phase of CORRIM projects to a single forest type and single recovery option within two selected regions, the Inland West and the Southeast.
Development of the forest resources analysis for the first two phases of CORRIM projects resulted in a database of production, cost, and fuel consumption for timber harvesting equipment used in three regions of the country: the western United States, southeastern United States, and the Northeast-North Central regions (Johnson et al.
Cradle-to-gate life-cycle inventory of US wood products production: CORRIM
Phase 1 and Phase II products.
Therefore, approximately 61 percent of Wisconsin's total premium wood pellet production in 2009 was accounted for in the survey, thereby exceeding the minimum CORRIM protocol guideline for data representation (International Organization for Standardization 1998).
Therefore, this study strictly focused on allocating all energy and materials associated with producing these feedstock materials, which is consistent with previously established CORRIM protocols.
The current work by CORRIM expands that research portfolio to investigate production of fuels from woody biomass.
This article is one of several organized by CORRIM, a consortium of 17 research institutions, to provide life-cycle information covering biofuel collection and processing options.