Life cycle assessment of mortars: A review on technical potential and drawbacks

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Abstract

The in-depth research on efficient processes and alternative constituents for mortars production has a lack on the quantification of their environmental impacts. This work presents a critical review of life cycle assessment (LCA) studies performed in the construction sector, namely related to mortars. The gaps and barriers of these methods and final results are discussed through an overview of the main achievements on mortars’ environmental life cycle studies in Europe. Despite the future trends, LCA studies are more focused on cement-mortars and few researches on air lime, gypsum or earth mortar binders are reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123069
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Volume288
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Environmental impacts
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Masonry mortar
  • Plaster
  • Render

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