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How do you measure the impact of where stuff comes from, and why is this important? Measuring the overall impact of stuff is the objective of life cycle analysis, or LCA. The type of impacts considered in LCA include: Where the raw materials come from How far they have to travel The impact of the ... [Read more]

I'm just back from three days at Buildnz Designex, working on the Homestar stand and I'm fairly exhausted after talking to so many interesting designers, architects, builders and loads of product suppliers. Trade shows and expos can be a gamble. They're expensive to attend as an exhibitor, they take time out of 'productive work' and ... [Read more]

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