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Life cycle analysis

Definitions

Daniel Goleman. Ecological Intelligence. Broadway Books: New York. 2009. p. 14

An industrial engineer's version of the deconstruction of stuff is called Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, a method that allows us to systematically tear apart any manufactured item into its components and their subsidiary industrial processes, and measure with near-surgical precision their impacts on nature from the beginning of their production through their final disposal.

Healthy Building Network

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a term used broadly to apply to any of a number of analytic techniques to evaluate the environmental impact of a material or a service throughout its life cycle from extraction or harvesting of raw materials through processing, manufacture, installation, use and ultimate disposal or recycling.

Sean McGinnis. Powerpoint slide: Green Engineering & Environmental Life Cycle Analysis at Virginia Tech.

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA): A method base on scientific data for analyzing and quantifying environmental impacts of products, processes, and systems over their entire life cycle.

Synonyms

Use these synonyms when keyword searching Addison, Summon, and other databases:

  • life cycle analysis
  • life cycle assessment
  • life cycle enginering

Addison

Use the Subject search screen and search on the subject product life cycle - environmental aspects.

Full text ebook collections

Individual ebooks are all cataloged in Summonn, so keyword and subject searches will find ebooks with broad coverage of LCA. Use the search functionality of these ebook sites to search the full text of their ebook collections for LCA topics.

CRC Engineering Handbooks Online - CRCnetBASE

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This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia

CRC Engineering Handbooks Online - CRCnetBASE

Search or browse across the full text of over 1800 CRC engineering handbooks. Each chapter is available as a downloadable PDF. Our subscription does not include every ebook available through CRCnetBASE; be sure to limit to "Full access content only" when searching.  

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Knovel Online Interactive Library

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This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Contents of this resource available through Summon

Knovel Online Interactive Library

Knovel provides a large collection of ebooks on engineering and related subjects. Each chapter is presented as a separate PDF. The entire collection is full-text searchable, and many results include interactive tables. Includes tables of properties for over 13,000 chemical compounds. Limited to  simultaneous users.  

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Databases

Engineering Village

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This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Screencast tutorials available for this resource database provides Get VText links

Engineering Village

Engineering Village is the search interface to three engineering databases: Compendex, Inspec, and NTIS. Compendex indexes citations and abstracts from over 5,000 engineering journals, conference papers, books, patents, dissertations, and technical reports. Inspec indexes citations and abstracts from journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and dissertations in engineering and physical sciences. NTIS indexes citations and abstracts of National Technical Information Service reports and audiovisual materials from sources such as NASA and the departments of Energy and Defense. 1884-present.  

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Engineering and Physical Sciences databases from ProQuest

    ProQuest search screen
This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia This resource provides a mobile interface; see description for link Screencast tutorials available for this resource Contents of this resource available through Summon database provides Get VText links

Engineering & Physical Sciences databases from ProQuest

This database indexes citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, conference papers, reference works, and dissertations (in full text PDFs) across multiple engineering and physical sciences databases on the ProQuest platform. Use the Databases link at the top of the screen to change which databases are searched. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1982-present.  

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CAB Abstracts from CABDirect

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CAB Abstracts from CABDirect

CAB Abstracts indexes citations and abstracts from journals, books, reports, handbooks, conference proceedings, field notes, and theses in agriculture, life sciences, natural resources, veterinary sciences, applied economics, nutrition, tourism, and the environment. Includes the CAB Abstracts Archive. Some full text available as PDFs. 1910s-present.  

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Websites

There are a multitude of LCA related pages on the web which Google will retrieve. Below is a selected list of sites that can be used as a starting point.

USA.gov
A centralized, comprehensive web site enabling searches of 50+ million web sites from both federal and state governments.
American Center for Life Cycle Assessment
A relatively new organization (2001) that provides this page with a wide range of LCA information.
Life-Cycle Assessment
This site from the United States Environmental Protection Agency provides information about LCA, as well as numerous links to LCA related sites.
European Commission
The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union. This site provides an EU perspective on LCA.
Goodguide
Gives evaluations of health, environmental, and social impacts of products.


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