Life cycle assessment of a domestic natural materials wood house

Yutaka Tonooka, Hiroto Takaguchi, Koichi Yasui, Takuo Maeda

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    We conducted a project entitled "Achieving Climate Change Abatement and Comfortable Life by a Partnership between Forestry and Natural Material Housing (NMH) in Urban Areas," which aims to achieve carbon neutral housing by 2050 by linking forest management to the use of domestic wood in environmentally friendly Natural Materials Housing. In this paper, we conduct long term Life Cycle Assessment of CO 2 emissions from afforestation stage to ultimate demolition of the house, encompassing the following stages: afforestation work and log cutting, lumber production, house building, use of the house (with main emissions coming from energy consumption for space heating and cooling, cooking, hot water supply, lighting, and appliances), repair, demolition, and waste treatment. Analysis results indicate that Life Cycle CO 2 emissions from Natural Materials Housing are low, when compared with standard cases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnergy Procedia
    PublisherElsevier Ltd
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event6th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
    Duration: 2014 May 302014 Jun 2


    Other6th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2014
    CountryTaiwan, Province of China



    • CO emissions
    • Forestry
    • LCA
    • Natural Materials Housing
    • Wood lumber

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Energy(all)

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    Tonooka, Y., Takaguchi, H., Yasui, K., & Maeda, T. (2014). Life cycle assessment of a domestic natural materials wood house. In Energy Procedia (Vol. 61, pp. 1634-1637). Elsevier Ltd.