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Life cycle assessment study on resilient floorcoverings

: Langowski, H.-C.
: European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers' Instituts; Fraunhofer-Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung -IVV-, Freising


Stuttgart: Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, 1998, 56 S. : Ill + Anhang
ISBN: 3-8167-5210-1
ISBN: 978-3-8167-5210-3
Fraunhofer IVV ()
comparison on a functional basis; flooring; LCA case study; life cycle assessment; linoleum; Ökobilanz; parquet; polyamide; polyolefin; PVC; rubber; Umweltschutz

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.