Designing with the life cycle in mind

BEACON LCA analyst, Campbell Skinner, has written a chapter in the newly published book Designing with Natural Materials, entitled ‘Designing with the life cycle in mind’. The book, which is edited by Graham A. Ormondroyd and Angela F. Morris, and published by Taylor & Francis, looks at the range of natural materials available which could be used in place of manmade materials, addressing issues of sustainability, environmental impact and pollution. It also looks at new biobased materials and how these will influence design in the future.

Campbell's contribution considers the environmental benefits of designing with natural materials from a lifecycle assessment perspective. There are separate sections dedicated to wood (and wood-based products), plant fibres and animal products, such as wool and leather.