Shortcomings of eco-labelling of construction and building materials

S. Basu, B. Bidanda

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of eco-labels of differing kinds, resulting in customer fatigue. This chapter discusses the common shortcomings of different eco-labels, especially in the context of construction materials. From the same context, the four most important shortcomings of an eco-label are identified, demonstrating that an eco-label must be comprehensive, clear, credible and customer focused. Further, with the proliferation of eco-labels, clarity is the most important attribute. Eco-labels of important construction materials are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEco-Efficient Construction and Building Materials
Subtitle of host publicationLife Cycle Assessment (LCA), Eco-Labelling and Case Studies
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages151-165
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780857097675
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2013

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)

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Basu, S., & Bidanda, B. (2013). Shortcomings of eco-labelling of construction and building materials. In Eco-Efficient Construction and Building Materials: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Eco-Labelling and Case Studies (pp. 151-165). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1533/9780857097729.1.151