Sustainability calculations are based on assumptions about the energy required to produce, transport place in-service items. A critical component of these calculations is the expected service life of the material, component or system. Estimates of the actual in-service performance are not based on scientifically validated methods or procedures. The resulting estimates have a significant uncertainty because they are based on past performance or best guess estimates. This paper will detail the economic outcomes of typical choices on a new construction building joint sealant job based on available choices. Following this examination, this paper will detail the barriers and progress toward achieving a scientifically validated prediction of the in-service performance.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society
Conference Dates: February 13-16, 2011
Conference Location: Savanah, GA
Conference Title: 34th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society
Pub Type: Conferences
Service life prediction, sealant, sustainability, Net Present Expense