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The Life Cycle of Building Products

Better understanding of the full environmental impact of a building product/design comes through life cycle assessment. The life cycle assessment process is defined under ISO 14040/14044 (Environmental Management—Life Cycle Assessment—Principles and Framework / Environmental Management—Life Cycle Assessment—Requirements and Guidelines) is part of the internationally recognized series of standards that address environmental management. This process analyzes the total environmental impacts of all materials and energy flows, either as input or output, over the life of a product from raw material to end-of-life disposal or to rebirth as a new product.

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