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Potential environmental benefits of ultralight particleboards with bio-based foam cores

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2015
Author C. Ganne-Chédeville S. Dietrichs,
Project A new generation of ultra-light bio-based particleboard produced with an in-line foaming step
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume (Issue) 2015
Page(s) 1 - 14
Title of proceedings International Journal of Polymer Science
DOI 10.1155/2015/383279


A new generation of ultra-light particleboards (ULPB) with an expanded foam core layer produced in an in-line foaming step is under development. The environmental impacts of three types of ULPB containing foam based on 100 % polylactic acid (PLA), 100 % expanded polystyrene and 50 % PLA/50 % polymethyl methacrylate, as well as a conventional particleboard (PB), have been compared in an LCA. Two approaches were chosen for the assessment: first, the “EPD-approach” in accordance with EN 15804 for EPD of building materials and second, a holistic-approach which allows an expansion of the system boundaries in order to forecast the consequences of a broader replacement of PB with ULPB. The results show that most of the environmental impacts are related to raw materials and end-of-life stages. Both approaches show that the exchange of PB with ULPB with a foam core based on PLA leads to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, the PLA is responsible for higher ecotoxicity results in comparison to non-bio based polymers mainly due to agricultural processes. Both approaches allowed the drafting of complementary advisories for environmental impact reduction addressed to the developers.