As consumers ask more of the materials in wood products, analyst Kenn Busch offers a new take on sustainable manufacture, Busch will address the 2019 Executive Briefing Conference in San Jose next month.
In mid-2018 a paper titled “Toward a Sustainable Materials System” was published on the website of Science Magazine. Written by Dr. Elsa A. Olivetti of MIT and Dr. Jonathan M. Cullen of Oxford University, the paper introduces a more holistic approach to assessing the true sustainability of a material – a goal that resonates deeply with design students – mainly through what they call the “Five Levers to Minimize Materials Impact.”
Lever 1: Extended lifetime for materials
Lever 2: Dematerialization
Lever 3: Manufacturing efficiency
Lever 4: Substitute Low Impact Materials
Lever 5: Furniture Component Recovery
- Formaldehyde is part of our biosphere and food chain. Every living organism produces it because it’s essential for primary metabolic processes. Mammals, fruits and vegetables, trees and plants all off-gas small amounts of formaldehyde.
- For decades it’s been in everyday products like pill coatings, makeup and plastic dinnerware, and it forms the basis for the most effective and affordable wood-binding resin system available.
- Attempts to create an alternative have thus far required the introduction of highly volatile additives (to replace formaldehyde’s natural pest-, water- and fire-resistant properties), and cost more to produce than the market will pay.
- Composite wood panels produced in North America meet the strictest formaldehyde emissions requirements on the planet, and properly laminating these panels can further reduce emissions by 95 percent.
Kenn Busch is the founder of Material Intelligence, which organizes educational material exhibits like the Materials Pavilion at NeoCon, creates certified educational content on materials for architects and interior designers, and collaborates with design educators and students to nurture new thinking about materials and materiality.
Busch also covers the major materials and design fairs in Europe for the A&D and manufacturing communities and organizes the TCM North America Decorative Surfaces Conference. MaterialIntelligence.com.
Kenn Busch will deliver a presentation on materials trends during the 2019 Executive Briefing Conference. Learn more at www.executivebriefingconference.com
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