This database provides a cradle-to-grave accounting of the energy and material flows into and out of the environment that are associated with producing a material, component, or assembly. It is an online storeroom of data collected on commonly used materials, products, and processes.
The critically reviewed LCI data are consistent with a common research protocol and with international standards. The LCI data support efforts to develop product LCAs, support systems, and LCA tools.
NREL’s U.S. LCI Database is a collection of unit processes. thinkstep has integrated this database into GaBi format. The result: the NREL U.S. LCI Integrated - available to all GaBi software users free of charge upon request.
When you’re used to working with cradle-to-gate datasets, the US LCI Database’s unit processes may present a challenge and for many they are not directly applicable in practical LCA studies. thinkstep has taken these unit processes and modelled them back to the cradle using the U.S. boundary conditions for energy, upstream processes and resources, thereby adding value to the U.S. LCI Database for GaBi users. We’ve also supplemented it with over 300 of our own GaBi U.S. process data. The result: the Full U.S. database.
More information on the U.S. LCI Database project of the DOE/NREL/Alliance is available at the NREL website