Ecology of Building Materials by Bjorn Berge

By Bjorn Berge

As either a practicing architect and a researcher, Berge introduces us authoritatively to concerns comparable to utilizing uncooked fabrics from renewable resources, and the probabilities of designing and production reusable construction fabrics. the choices to trendy construction fabrics are defined and mentioned from an ecological point of view. In a time whilst environmental labelling is turning into more and more well known and the manufacturers of establishing fabrics are instructed to be extra environmentally acutely aware, it truly is evidently vital that we're familiar with those possible choices. vital matters mentioned during this ebook comprise: Can uncooked fabrics from non-renewable assets get replaced with uncooked fabrics from greatly on hand or non-depletable assets? Can environmentally pleasant chemical compounds change environmentally harmful ones? Can the makeup of creating fabrics be altered in order that person parts will be re-used? a transparent interpretation of advanced lifestyles Cycle research matters and important tips are given to specifiers faced with a plethora of brands' environmental claims. * achieve a complete knowing of ecology in development * know about substitute development fabrics and the way to exploit them * very important technological info permits you to pu the information of sustainability into perform

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Where products claim to have a potential recycling, the statement is often based on theoretical figures. In practice there are often complications: thin aluminium fibre or containers burn up totally or evaporate when being melted down, while small amounts of impurities in the worst cases can lead to extra refining processes and a higher use of energy. Energy recovery means burning the product to produce energy. It is an advantage if the material can be burned at a local plant and if the fire gases do not need special treatment, so that simple furnaces can be used.

In addition to the heavy metals, it is important to consider organic poisons. Many of these substances are spread by air to the most remote places, and they are in the process of becoming concentrated in ground water in highly-populated areas. Many of them are thought to have environmentally dangerous side effects. Dust Dust is produced during the extraction of materials, various industrial processes and through incomplete combustion of solid fuel and oil. It is also caused by building materials such as mineral wool and asbestos.

This is approximately 10 per cent of the energy input which is integral within the different materials. 18 The Ecology of Building Materials Reduction of energy consumption in the building industry It is quite possible to reduce drastically the amount of energy consumed in building. 6). Use of highly efficient sources of energy Electricity produced from oil, coal and nuclear power achieves only 25–30 per cent of the potential energy available. 3, and the rest is lost. 6, which is not particularly impressive either.

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