Environmentally-sound building technologies

P. Schmid

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Referring to numbers of international scientific reports it arises that Sustainable Building Constructions are the only acceptable possibilities yet. The Sustainability of a construction deals with responsible choices of materials and energies as well as similar choices of production and execution. The so-called Porcupine Diagram shows the whole life cycle or flow of building materials and illustrates the environmental impact dramatically. As a conclusion from various research studies, concerning sustainable building, it became clear that the principles of "Thinking globally - acting locally", "Short as well as Long term planning", "Attunement to all Kinds of Recyclingprocesses", "Conservation of Resources" but also "Internalisation of the Problems" has to be considered honestly in order to be able to build sustainable. Human(e) Ecology, Bionics, Harmonics and new paradigmas, including ethical dimensions will help to fmd (re)new(ed) approaches and technologies towards sustainable building. The author developed the necessary modells, methods and design aids, often translated into rules of thumb in order to support sustainable building in an efficient and even relatively easy way. The choice of materials and technologies has to answer already fundamentally the demands for a healthy Indoor Environment. For the realisation of a qualified build environment the Right for the Environment is essential, which has to be supported by Legal and Procurement Practices. An environmentally-conscious Management will be needed to get the things done. Together with such an integral view - the development and application of an environmentally-sound building technology might be one of the central tasks in order to reach results, which checked by Environmental impact and assessment methods, can be accepted. Proper Design aids and already rules of thumb lead to rather succesful results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials and techologies for sustainable construction
Place of Publication1998
PublisherInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)
ISBN (Print)91-630-6711-0
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Event14th CIB World Building Congress, June 7-12, 1998, Gävle, Sweden - Gävle, Sweden
Duration: 7 Jun 199812 Jun 1998


Conference14th CIB World Building Congress, June 7-12, 1998, Gävle, Sweden
Other"Construction and the Environment"
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