abril 30, 2010
The Consortium for Research On Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM)
The Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) has been organized to update and expand a 1976 report by the National Academy of Science regarding the impacts of producing and using renewable materials. The original report focused specifically on the energy impacts associated with using various renewable materials. Since the 1976 report was written a variety of environmental issues and energy-related concerns have surfaced, yet little scientific or quantifiable information regarding these issues and concerns has been gathered. Without a scientifically sound database of the environmental and economic impacts associated with using renewable materials, it is difficult for policymakers to arrive at informed decisions affecting the forestry and wood manufacturing industries. Moreover, individual industries, including those that use wood as a raw material have little information available to them that could provide a basis for strategic planning and investments to improve their environmental stewardship. The new CORRIM report aims to provide a database of information for quantifying the environmental impacts and economic costs of wood building materials through the stages of planting, growing, manufacturing, construction, operational use, and demolition.