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The Environmental Impact of Building Materials

Andrew Walker-Morison, Tim Grant & Scott McAlister
Centre for Design, RMIT University

This note reviews the quantities and types of building materials use internationally and in Australia, with projected trends for Australia to 2055. It introduces methods available to evaluate environmental impacts and then goes onto analyse current impacts using life-cycle assessment.  It concludes by reviewing the sustainability of contemporary patterns of use and future trends, using a systems perspective. It is intended to be read in conjunction with PRO 8, 'Strategies and Resources for Material Selection'

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