Building Materials : A Sustainable Design And The Place Of Traditional Materials

9535 Words Aug 15th, 2015 39 Pages
“Buildings consume more resources than necessary, negatively impact the environment, and generate a large amount of waste.”

U.S. Department of Energy, 2003
The challenge, today, is to build intelligently, so that buildings use a minimum of non-renewable resources and produce a minimum of pollution and wastes, while increasing the well-being of the occupants.

This paper is an effort to understand the importance of building materials’ selection in sustainable design and the place of traditional materials in the contemporary sustainable architecture. Building activity rapidly consumes finite resources and uses energy-intensive materials, while the construction demand increases. In order to meet the future needs, we need to switch to more energy-efficient materials and technologies. This work argues that traditional building materials used in the right manner outperform their industrialised alternatives and that research can lead to significant improvement of our built environment.

Due to word limitations, not all technical applications can be described, so the aim is to cover various aspects of this topic. The demonstration of case studies that adopt different sustainable practices in terms of material selection proves that traditional materials do have a place in contemporary sustainable design. It aims not only to promote their utilisation, but also to encourage innovations.

It is not suggested the abandonment of modern materials; instead this paper is highlighting…
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