Ecology of Building Materials by Bjorn Berge

By Bjorn Berge

As either a training architect and a researcher, Berge introduces us authoritatively to matters reminiscent of utilizing uncooked fabrics from renewable assets, and the probabilities of designing and production reusable construction fabrics. the choices to trendy development fabrics are defined and mentioned from an ecological standpoint. In a time whilst environmental labelling is changing into more and more renowned and the manufacturers of creating fabrics are prompt to be extra environmentally conscious, it really is evidently vital that we're familiar with those possible choices. very important matters mentioned during this e-book contain: Can uncooked fabrics from non-renewable resources get replaced with uncooked fabrics from extensively on hand or non-depletable assets? Can environmentally pleasant chemical compounds substitute environmentally destructive ones? Can the makeup of creating fabrics be altered in order that person elements will be re-used? a transparent interpretation of complex lifestyles Cycle research concerns and very important counsel are given to specifiers faced with a plethora of brands' environmental claims. * achieve a finished knowing of ecology in development * know about replacement development fabrics and the way to take advantage of them * very important technological details helps you to pu the tips of sustainability into perform

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Today there are not many forms of serious craft production left. Herb gardens have had a small renaissance and small handicraft companies still survive. The fact is that the division of production into different units is the most common model in all the major manufacturing industries today. Craftsmen have existed for at least 5000 years. During the Middle Ages the guilds were formed; apprentices learned from their masters and further developed their own knowledge and experience. In this way, they became masters in 44 The Ecology of Building Materials their own trade.

Release of hydrogen chloride leads to acidification. The acidifying potential of a product is referred to as its ‘acid potential’ (AP), in sulphur dioxide equivalents. 7 sulphur dioxide equivalents. 1: The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from 1750 until 1988. Source: Mathisen 1990 Substances that form photochemical oxidizing agents, low ozone Photochemical oxidizing agents are generally very corrosive and are described as smog. They are formed when a mixture of nitrogen oxides from fossil fuels, dust and a few volatile organic compounds like turpentine, are subjected to sunlight.

The moisture content of the different building materials also affects the picture. For example, it takes twice as long to dry out a concrete wall as it does a solid timber wall. • Energy consumption during maintenance. Sun, frost, wind, damp, human use etc. wear away the different materials, so that the building needs to be maintained and renovated. Initially one treats the surfaces by painting or impregnation, materials that have an energy content themselves. The next stage is replacement of dilapidated or defective components.

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