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Life cycle assessment study on resilient floor coverings

: Günther, A.; Langowski, H.-C.


International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 2 (1997), Nr.2, S.73-80
ISSN: 0948-3349
ISSN: 1614-7502
Fraunhofer ILV ( IVV) ()
LCA case study; life cycle assessment; resilient floor covering

Fourteen European producers of resilient floor coverings examined thirty-two objects of their products in a Life Cycle Assessment Study. The product groups were PVC, cushioned PVC, polyolefin, rubber and linoleum, with one reference example from textile and parquet. Important results include the following: There is no material specific ranking for 'best' or 'worst' environmental performance. Differences within the material groups - depending on the individual formula - are larger than between the groups. The introduction of material-specific recycling for used floorings as well as the use of recycled material in the flooring production could reduce environmental loads significantly. The premature change of a flooring by the user may induce a major influence on the environmental performance of a flooring.