A Life Cycle Analysis product’s is the assessment of the resources required to manufacture, transport, maintain and destroy a product at the end of its life (or recycle it), supplemented by a quantification of its potential impacts on the environment.
LCA allow materials to be compared other than by price and are therefore widely used by architects and designers as part of an eco-design approach to developing an overall life cycle analysis of a building.
Thanks to this tool, companies can also reduce the ecological footprint of their products as part of a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) strategy. Product life and energy consumption are key data in LCA. In view of the identification of this deficiency at the last ATIBT Think-tank, the Timber and Materials Commission will soon undertake a workshop for the implementation of LCA on tropical wood products.