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  1. Life Cycle Assessment of Borate Treated Structural Systems (TSS) Tarun K. Bhatia, US BoraxAndrea Russell, Five Winds InternationalGerry Pepper, US BoraxShannon Turnbull, Five Winds International September 24, 2003

  2. Sustainable Development is a Borax strategy • Environmental • Product stewardship • Pollution prevention • Resource stewardship • Social • Safety & human health • Stakeholder engagement & transparency • Communities • Economic • Shareholder return • Economic contribution

  3. We have 5 major objectives • Protect health & safety of employees & public • Enhance human potential • Maximize resource utilization while minimizing environmental impact • Optimize our economic contribution to society • Expand how our products contribute to sustainable development

  4. LCA work expands our knowledge of SD impact of our products • Borax has completed LCA on its products. • Borax performing LCA on borate applications

  5. TSS is a borate application that is undergoing LCA work • Treated Structural System (TSS) • Build the entire structure with borate treated wood for protection from termite, decay, and other wood destroyers. • borate pressure treated lumber • borate treated wood composites

  6. The TSS value proposition mirrors SD values • Lower life cycle cost. • Lower resource use. • Lower energy use. • Lower green house gases. • More comfortable living space. • Healthier indoor and outdoor environments.

  7. Why LCA? • LCA can be, and is, used to support several initiatives in Borax: • Market Support • Process Improvements and New Technology Evaluation • ISO 14001 • Product Profiles • SD Reporting • Product Innovation

  8. Goal and Scope • Goal: place data into authoritative databases such as BEES and ATHENA™ so that designers can better characterize the sustainability of using borate treated lumber and OSB in specific material and building product applications • Study to be conducted in compliance with the ISO 14040 series of standards on Life Cycle Assessment

  9. Functional Units • Zinc borate treated OSB functional unit: 1000 board feet of OSB that is 7/16” thick treated with 0.75% zinc borate by weight • Tim-bor treated lumber functional unit: 1000 board feet of lumber, treated with 0.42 lbs of Tim-bor per cubic foot of lumber

  10. Boundary Conditions

  11. Boundary Conditions

  12. High-level Process Map

  13. High-level Process Map

  14. Where are we now? • Ran into roadblocks in data collection: • CORRIM data not published yet • Available data is dated and in some cases is not applicable • Faced with challenge of abandoning original schedule or using data that does not meet the original needs as laid out in the Goal & Scope Definition

  15. Decision-making in the data collection process

  16. Decision-making in the data collection process

  17. Future actions for completing the study • Waiting for CORRIM data to be published - hopefully within the next few months • This will enable study results to reflect the goal and scope initially set out and will provide high quality data sets for submission to Athena and BEES databases

  18. Summary • SD is a strategic initiative at Borax • LCA on borate applications has a business value • Creates knowledge for Borax • Helps customers with product choices • Data collection is pivotal to the LCA process