Special Issue "Construction Products Assessment and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 11384
Interests: sustainable development in construction; construction products; sustainable development as a basic requirement in construction; assessing and verification of constancy of performance (AVCP) of construction products
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Construction products assessment and sustainability is a complex, challenging, and still not fully defined issue. Building materials consume vast amounts of natural resources and generate a significant amount of waste. Thus, it is crucial to have verified information about the environmental consequences of their production, use, and recycling. The complex and challenging environmental assessment of construction products is still relatively young and does not develop appropriately. In the European Economic Area (EEA), which associates 27 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) lays down harmonized rules for the marketing of construction products. In 2013, CPR introduced the seventh basic requirement - sustainable use of natural resources to assess building structures. Despite the great importance of sustainable development, this requirement is not yet a criterion for compulsory assessment and verification of constancy of performance (AVCP) before placing a construction product on the market. The countries belonging to the EEA are only part of Europe, which is only one of the world's continents. The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products, can be considered one of the essential tools for implementing sustainable development principles. Due to their voluntary nature, however, they are not common.
Although the scientific literature on the environmental assessment of various products is extensive, not much has been published on the AVCP for sustainability of construction products.
It is clear that industry and academia, supported by smart political decisions, must work together to achieve the necessary carbon dioxide emission reductions and mitigate climate change and global warming. A Special Issue of Sustainability dedicated to evaluating construction products in terms of sustainability is an important initiative. I invite everyone interested in assessing construction products in the field of environmental impact to submit their work for publication in this Special Issue of Sustainability.
Dr. Jacek Michalak
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- construction products
- assessment and verification of constancy of performance (AVCP)
- environmental impact
- life-cycle assessment (LCA)
- assessment methods
- environmental performance
- environmental performance assessment
- environmental product declaration (EPD)
- global warning potential (GWP)
- natural resources