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Environmental impact of biomaterials and biomass (FB 67)

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Environmental impact of biomaterials and biomass (FB 67) was written by Nigel Jones and Jo Mundy and published by BRE on 27 May 2014. It is part of a series that provides comparable information on windows, masonry and concrete, metals, floor finishes, cladding and insulation to assess the environmental impact of specific construction materials.

This 24-page report reviews how biomaterials and biomass have been assessed within The Green Guide to Specification (4th edition), including the application of the environmental profiles methodology. The way in which biomaterials and biomass are addressed within building-level environmental assessment schemes such as BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes is also explained.

Within The Green Guide, biomaterials are classed as naturally-derived construction materials (ie those originating from plant or animal sources) providing both structural and non-structural functions within the building fabric. Biomass is a biological material used as a fuel.

The report gives manufacturers and specifiers a general understanding of the benefits and impacts of biomaterials and biomass over their life cycle and helps identify opportunities for improvements in their environmental performance.

It’s contents are:

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