By Tom Woolley, Sam Kimmins
This key instruction manual offers a close reference for environmentally involved dealers of establishing items, and enhances the Green construction instruction manual Vol 1. Following the structure of the unique, this ebook discusses present matters in eco-friendly development ahead of relocating directly to ponder 8 construction part varieties: fencing items, flat roofing membranes, glazing items, electric wiring, adhesives, straw bale development, inside ornament and indoor air caliber and air flow. precious for the specifier, this significant other guide may be worthy to all these attracted to discovering greener methods of designing and making constructions.
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Extra info for Green Building Handbook: Volume 2: A Guide to Building Products and their Impact on the Environment
30 INTERIOR DECORATION In the context of this issue, ‘Natural’ refers to non-petroleum based products, and includes plant based, animal based and mineral based products. Synthetic refers only to products of petroleum refining. The environmental impacts of products are rated on a scale of zero to 4 under each impact category. Scores are relative within each heading. No judgement has been made on the relative importance of each heading. The reason behind each assessment is given in the Product Analysis section which follows.
Non-Biological Resource Depletion Most solvents used are petrochemical derived. 34 INTERIOR DECORATION Ozone Depletion VOCs may be implicated in ozone depletion. 33 Synthetic pigments, made from petrochemicals, offer a wider and brighter colour range, but are subject to fading. 82 Production of TiO2, widely used as a white pigment, especially in ‘brilliant white’ paints, is energy intensive and accounts for the majority of the energy consumed in producing paint. It is also a polluting process. 4 Use Recycling/Reuse/Disposal The solvent evaporates into the air during application, meaning that it cannot be recovered (although this can be done in some industrial applications).
We have not come across any scientific tests comparing the performance of the different plant based wall paints, limewashes and mineral paints. What would be particularly useful would be a comparison of their performance with the conventional synthetic paints. Commissioning such a test with the British Paint Association or the BRE was well beyond the budget of the Green Building Digest—but we have requested that the Consumers Association carry out tests for a future issue of Which? magazine. In the meantime, we can only rely on anecdotal evidence such as that from Findhorn—and we would appreciate comments from readers regarding their experiences with ‘alternative’ paints.