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Title: LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF IRON OXIDE NANOPARTICLES AS AN EMERGING BUILDING MATERIAL IN SINGAPORE �S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Authors: TAN CAI YI
Keywords: Building
PFM
Project and Facilities Management
Kua Harn Wei
2014/2015 PFM
Emerging building material
Iron oxide nanoparticles
Life cycle assessment (LCA)
Issue Date: 29-Jul-2015
Citation: TAN CAI YI (2015-07-29). LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF IRON OXIDE NANOPARTICLES AS AN EMERGING BUILDING MATERIAL IN SINGAPORE �S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Over the years, there have been growing concerns over the environmental impacts of building and building materials used in the construction industry. As global warming and climate change are becoming a real issue in today’s world, more attention are placed on the environmental impact of buildings as the construction industry is one of the largest contributor in terms of raw material extraction and carbon dioxide emission. In order to achieve a holistic assessment of the potential environmental loading of buildings and the building materials, the life cycle assessment method is adopted to determine the overall environmental impact of these buildings and building materials throughout their entire life cycle. The advancement in nanotechnology has led to a rise in the use of nanoparticles in the construction industry, particularly iron oxide nanoparticles which have been deemed to be one of the new emerging building materials. However, there is limited research done to assess the impacts of these nanoparticles, in both locally and internationally. This research study focuses on the life cycle assessment of iron oxide nanoparticles, specifically in the context of Singapore’s construction industry. It examines the energy inputs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the various life cycle stages of iron oxide nanoparticles. Data was extracted from existing LCA database and estimations were done based on the type of equipment used in the production of these nanoparticles. Considerations were also given to the transportation of iron oxide nanoparticles from India. An evaluation of these results was done to identify the life cycle stages with the highest environmental impact. Recommendations are also made to reduce the environmental loading of iron oxide nanoparticles for the local construction industry so as to fully exploit the benefits that this emerging building material can bring about.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223373
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