Materiales de Construcción, Vol 66, No 322 (2016)

Life cycle assessment of regional brick manufacture


https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2016.02315

H. A. López-Aguilar
Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, Mexico

E. A. Huerta-Reynoso
Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, Mexico

J. A. Gómez
Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

J. M. Olivarez-Ramírez
Universidad Tecnológica de San Juan del Río, Mexico

A. Duarte-Moller
Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, Mexico

A. Pérez-Hernández
Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, Mexico

Abstract


This document presents a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study to quantify the environmental cradle-to-gate impact of the manufacture of brick for the construction industry, produced with material of igneous source. Its mineral composition and thermal isolation properties were characterized for use in real estate construction. The LCA results for brick manufacture using this material identified the greatest environmental impact to be associated with material extraction and its proportional cement content. Additionally, this document presents an evaluation of the environmental impact of the manufacturing process by comparing traditional fired clay brick and brick of the material under study. In conclusion, the studied material shows thermal insulation qualities and suitability for the manufacture of bricks with low incorporated energy.

Keywords


Life Cycle Assessment; Brick; Environmental impact; Thermal properties

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