Life cycle assessment of tiny houses in the Netherlands

Vera Verhoeven, Silu Bhochhibhoya, Mariëlle Winkler

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    Abstract

    The main objective of this paper is to examine the impact on the global warming of construction and insulation materials which are used for a tiny house. This study consists of a life cycle assessment of three tiny houses: one built with only new materials (Case A), one built with only reclaimed materials (Case B) and one tiny house built with new and reclaimed materials (Case C). The cradle-to-gate phase enclose the raw material extraction, manufacture construction and insulation materials, transport of the raw materials to the manufacture, transport from the shop to the building site, transport from the building site to the living site and the electricity use for the used tools. The life cycle assessment was conducted in GaBi Education Software in combination with the ecoinvent Database and primary data from the interviews. The functional unit is formulated as kg CO2 per square meter of tiny house for a lifespan of 50 years. Sheep wool has the highest impact on the global warming potential per square meter. And the result shows that the transport has a low environmental impact in comparison with manufacturing of the materials. This paper considered sheep wool as main product without taking allocation into account. Buying materials that are found locally is more environment friendly.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication4° Congreso de Ingeniería, Ciencia y Gestión Ambiental AMICA - 5th International Conference of Greening of Industry Network
    Subtitle of host publication28, 29 y 30 de octobre de 2019, Instituto de Ingeniería de la UNAM, Ciudad de México
    Place of PublicationCiudad de México
    PublisherUNAM, Instituto de Ingeniería
    Pages376-380
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event4th Congress of Engineering, Science and Environmental Management and 5th International Conference of Greening of Industry Network, AMICA 2019 - Mexico City/Ciudad de México, Mexico
    Duration: 28 Oct 201930 Oct 2019

    Conference

    Conference4th Congress of Engineering, Science and Environmental Management and 5th International Conference of Greening of Industry Network, AMICA 2019
    Abbreviated titleAMICA
    CountryMexico
    CityMexico City/Ciudad de México
    Period28/10/1930/10/19

    Keywords

    • Cradle-to-gate
    • Insulation materials
    • Construction materials
    • Tiny House Movement
    • CO2-emission

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    Verhoeven, V., Bhochhibhoya, S., & Winkler, M. (2019). Life cycle assessment of tiny houses in the Netherlands. In 4° Congreso de Ingeniería, Ciencia y Gestión Ambiental AMICA - 5th International Conference of Greening of Industry Network: 28, 29 y 30 de octobre de 2019, Instituto de Ingeniería de la UNAM, Ciudad de México (pp. 376-380). [ID 545] Ciudad de México: UNAM, Instituto de Ingeniería.