Regionalized impact assessment; Cascading; Wood value chain; Life Cycle Assessment; Upscaling; Carbon stock; Material Flow Analysis
Mehr Jonas, Vadenbo Carl, Steubing Bernhard, Hellweg Stefanie (2018), Environmentally optimal wood use in Switzerland—Investigating the relevance of material cascades, in Resources, Conservation and Recycling
, 131, 181-191.
Buffat René, Froemelt Andreas, Heeren Niko, Raubal Martin, Hellweg Stefanie (2017), Big data GIS analysis for novel approaches in building stock modelling, in Applied Energy
, 208, 277-290.
Chaudhary A Burivalova Z Koh LP Hellweg S (2016), Impact of Forest Management on Species Richness: Global Meta-Analysis and Economic Trade-Offs, in Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group)
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Chaudhary A Pfister S Hellweg S (2016), Spatially Explicit Analysis of Biodiversity Loss due to Global Agriculture, Pasture and Forest Land Use from a Producer and Consumer Perspective, in Environmental Science and Technology
, 50, 3928-3936.
Steubing B Mutel C Suter F Hellweg S (2016), Streamlining scenario analysis and optimization of key choices in value chains using a modular LCA approach, in International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
, 21(4), 510-522.
Heeren Niko, Mutel Christopher L., Steubing Bernhard, Ostermeyer York, Wallbaum Holger, Hellweg Stefanie (2015), Environmental impact of buildings - what matters?, in Environmental Science & Technology
Verones F. Huijbregts M. A. Chaudhary A. de Baan L. Koellner T. Hellweg S. (2015), Harmonizing the assessment of biodiversity effects from land and water use within LCA, in Environmental Science and Technology
, 49(6), 3584-3592.
Höglmeier K. B. Steubing G. Weber-Blaschke and K. Richter (2015), LCA-based optimization of wood utilization under special consideration of a cascading use of wood, in Journal of Environmental Management
, 152, 158-170.
Chaudhary Abhishek, Verones Francesca, de Baan Laura, Hellweg Stefanie (2015), Quantifying Land Use Impacts on Biodiversity: Combining Species-Area Models and Vulnerability Indicators, in Environmental Science & Technology
Steubing Bernhard, Suter Florian, Heeren Niko, Chaudhary Abhishek, Ostermeyer York, Wallbaum Holger, Hellweg Stefanie (2015), Welches sind die ökologischsten Holzverwendungen?, in Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen
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Chaudhary Abhishek, Hellweg Stefanie (2014), Including Indoor Offgassed Emissions in the Life Cycle Inventories of Wood Products, in ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
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Heeren Niko (2014), Influence of construction material choice and design parameters on greenhouse gas emissions of buildings., in World Sustainable Building Conference 2014
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Caduff M, Köhler A, Huijbregts MAJ, Althaus HJ, Hellweg S (2014), Scaling Relationships in Life Cycle Assessment: The Case of Heat Production from Biomass and Heat Pumps, in Journal of Industrial Ecology
, 18(3), 393-406.
Steubing Bernhard (2013), Die Ökobilanz der energetischen Holzverwertung: Faktoren für einen hohen ökologischen Nutzen, in Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen
, 164, 408-419.
Steubing Bernhard, Heeren Niko (2013), Ecological use of wood resources in Switzerland: an overview from the Swiss National Research Program (NRP) 66, in Internationales Holzbauforum (IHF 2013)
Ostermeyer Y., Nägeli C, Heeren N, Wallbaum H, Building Inventory and Refur-bishment Scenario database development for Switzerland, in Journal of Industrial Ecology
Suter Florian, Steubing Bernhard, Hellweg Stefanie, Life Cycle Impacts and Benefits of Wood along the Value Chain: The case of Switzerland, in Journal of Industrial Ecology
Heeren Niko, Hellweg Stefanie, Tracking construction material over space and time: Prospective and geo-referenced modeling of building stocks and construction material flows, Journal of Industrial Ecology, in Journal of Industrial Ecology
The goal of this project is to identify environmental strategies for sustainable management of wood resources in Switzerland. In order to reach this goal, we will assess the current and future wood-based value chains by combining a dynamic (temporal) and spatial material flow analysis (MFA) and life cycle assessment (LCA). The combination of MFA and LCA in one single tool will enable a holistic overview of future resource uses and restrictions and at the same time enable to analyze the environmental impacts of the overall system, considering for carbon stocks and several effects such as climate change, human toxicity and biodiversity. The MFA-LCA tool will cover the whole wood-based value chain, including current and new technologies for production of chemicals from wood, pulp and paper, bioenergy, and building components. An advanced building model will be developed to calculate the effects of wood application on the running energy consumption and to quantify related emissions of different building types, taking into account several factors such as thermal mass. Furthermore, we will provide LCA and data collection support, an LCA decision-support tool with user-friendly interface and LCAs of new technologies developed in NFP66 to identify hotspots together with recommendations for technology improvements from an environmental point of view. The advantage of pooling the LCAs and hotspot analyses of new technologies developed in Modules 2-5 into module 6 is that it will assure consistency and equal quality of all data collected and LCAs performed in NFP66. Moreover, it is assured that LCA data of new technologies will be directly included in the MFA-LCA model. To estimate the future environmental impacts and enable a fair comparison to competitor products within the MFA-LCA model, for these new technologies we will derive scaling laws and environmental learning rates. In order to capture all major environmental impacts of wooden products, we aim at improving current life cycle impact assessment methodologies. Developments include regionalized and forest management-specific impact assessment models for biodiversity, soil quality loss, ecotoxicity assessment of wood treatments, and assessment of indoor human exposure from off-gassing and wood-burning. Finally, a range of scenarios will be assessed to help deduct strategies for a sustainable management of wood-based value chains from an environmental point of view, taking into account e.g., current policy development and cascading effects. To ensure project success and maximum value for NFP66, a strong collaboration with all NFP66 project partners is envisioned.