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Book
1 online resource (641 pages).
  • Introduction to the environmental impact of construction and building materials. Part 1 Life cycle assessment (LCA), eco-labelling and procurement: Mineral resource depletion assessment-- LCA of sustainable building materials: An overview-- LCA of the building sector: strengths and weaknesses-- Using LCA methodology to develop eco-labels for construction and building materials-- The EU Ecolabel scheme and its application to construction and building materials-- Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) labelling of construction and building materials-- Shortcomings of eco-labelling of construction and building materials-- Green public procurement (GPP) of construction and building materials. Part 2 Assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials: Assessing the environmental impact of conventional and �green� cement production-- LCA of concrete made using recycled concrete or natural aggregates-- LCA of building thermal insulation materials-- LCA of phase change materials (PCMs) used in buildings-- LCA of wood-based building materials-- The environmental impact of adhesives-- LCA of road pavement materials. Part 3 Assessing the environmental impact of particular types of structure: Comparing the environmental impact of reinforced concrete and wooden structures-- Assessing the sustainability of prefabricated buildings-- LCA of green facades and living wall systems-- Assessing the environmental and economic impacts of cladding systems for green buildings-- LCA of windows and window materials-- LCA of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) structures-- LCA of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in civil applications.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857097729 20160618
Determining the life cycle of eco-efficient construction materials is of critical importance to professionals in the construction industry. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an assessment of the environmental impacts of a given material from cradle to grave. This book provides a thorough overview of the LCA and eco-labelling of eco-efficient construction and building materials. Part one of the book provides an introduction to the environmental impact of construction and building materials, LCA, eco-labelling and procurement. Topics covered in this section include mineral resource depletion assessment, LCA of sustainable building materials, the strengths and weaknesses of LCA in the building sector, describes the use of LCA methodology in developing eco-labels for construction and building materials, outlines the EU Ecolabel scheme, and the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) labelling of construction and building materials. This part also provides an overview of the shortcomings of eco-labelling of construction and building materials, and the green public procurement (GPP) of construction and building materials. Part two assesses the environmental impact of construction and building materials. This section analyses the environmental impact of conventional and 'green' cement production, describes the LCA of concrete made using recycled concrete or natural aggregates, the LCA of building thermal insulation materials, phase change materials (PCMs), road pavement materials and wood-based building materials, and discusses the environmental impact of adhesives. Part three of the book assesses the environmental impact of particular types of structure. This section includes a comparison of the environmental impact of reinforced concrete and wooden structures, assesses the sustainability of prefabricated buildings, the LCA of green facades and living wall systems, and the environmental and economic impacts of cladding systems for green buildings. This section also covers the LCA of windows and window materials, ultra high performance concrete (UHPC) structures, and the LCA of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in civil applications. Eco-efficient construction and building materials provides a comprehensive insight into all aspects of the life cycle assessment and eco-labelling of eco-efficient construction and building materials, and is an essential text for construction industry professionals, researchers, academics, post-graduate and under-graduate university students.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857097729 20160618
Eco-efficient Construction and Building Materials reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials. Part one discusses the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to building materials as well as eco-labeling. Part two includes case studies showing the application of LCA methodology to different types of building material, from cement and concrete to wood and adhesives used in building. Part three includes case studies applying LCA methodology to particular structures and components. * Reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials* Provides a thorough overview, including strengths and shortcomings, of the life cycle assessment (LCA) and eco-labeling of eco-efficient construction and building materials* Includes case studies showing the application of LCA methodology to different types of building material, from cement and concrete to wood and adhesives used in building.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857097675 20160618
Book
1 online resource (viii, 247 p.) : ill., maps.
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Book
1 online resource.
Book
1 online resource (xx, 527 p.)
Masonry walls constitute the interface between the building's interior and the outdoor environment. Masonry walls are traditionally composed of fired-clay bricks (solid or perforated) or blocks (concrete or earth-based), but in the past (and even in the present) they were often associated as needing an extra special thermal and acoustical insulation layer. However, over more recent years investigations on thermal and acoustical features has led to the development of new improved bricks and blocks that no longer need these insulation layers. Traditional masonry units (fired-clay bricks, concrete or earth-based blocks) that don't offer improved performance in terms of thermal and acoustical insulation are a symbol of a low-technology past, that are far removed from the demands of sustainable construction. This book provides an up-to-date state-of-the-art review on the eco-efficiency of masonry units, particular emphasis is placed on the design, properties, performance, durability and LCA of these materials. Since masonry units are also an excellent way to reuse bulk industrial waste the book will be important in the context of the Revised Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC which states that the minimum reuse and recycling targets for construction and demolition waste (CDW) should be at least 70% by 2020. On the 9th of March 2011 the European Union approved the Regulation (EU) 305/2011, known as the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and it will be enforced after the 1st of July 2013. The future commercialization of construction materials in Europe makes their environmental assessment mandatory meaning that more information related to the environmental performance of building materials is much needed. * Provides an authoritative guide to the eco-efficiency of masonry units* Examines the reuse of waste materials* Covers a range of materials including, clay, cement, earth and pumice.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781782423058 20160618
Book
1 online resource (xii, 437 pages) : illustrations (some color)
  • 1.- Introduction to biotechnologies and biomimetics for civil engineering 2.- Basics of construction microbial biotechnology 3.- General aspects of biomimetic materials 4.- Bioinspired design for climate change 5.- Bioinspired building facades 6.- A green building envelope: a crucial contribution to biophilic cities 7.- Architectural bio-photo reactors: harvesting micro-algae on the surface of architecture 8.- Reducing indoor air pollutants through biotechnology 9.- Bio-inspired self-cleaning materials 10.- Bio-Inspired strategy for developing innovative bridges 11.- Bioinspired sensors for structural health monitoring 12.- Bioinspired flexible construction materials 13.- Bioinspired concrete 14.- Production of bacteria for structural concrete 15.- Bacteria for concrete surface treatment 16.- Bacteria for surface treatment of normal and lightweight concrete: A case study 17.- Biotechnological aspects of soil decontamination 18.- Microbial fuel cells for water treatment.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319092867 20160618
Putting forward an innovative approach to solving current technological problems faced by human society, this book encompasses a holistic way of perceiving the potential of natural systems. Nature has developed several materials and processes which both maintain an optimal performance and are also totally biodegradable, properties which can be used in civil engineering. Delivering the latest research findings to building industry professionals and other practitioners, as well as containing information useful to the public, 'Biotechnologies and Biomimetics for Civil Engineering' serves as an important tool to tackle the challenges of a more sustainable construction industry and the future of buildings.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319092867 20160618
Book
1 online resource (1 v.) : ill.
Book
1 online resource (ix, 658 p.) : ill. (some col.).
  • Policy instruments: The case of Germany.- Built environment life cycle process and climate change.- Benefits of refurbishment.- Building energy prediction based on occupant behavior.- Uncertainty in refurbishment investment.- Energy performance of buildings: a comparison of standard assessment methods.- Life cycle energy performance evaluation.-Retrofit scenarios to shift nearly net ZEBs towards net ZEB target.- A multiple-case study of passive house retrofits of school buildings in Austria.- State-of-the art on retrofit strategies selection using multi-objective optimization and genetic algorithms.- Multiple criteria analysis of life cycle of energy-efficient built environment.- Toxicity issues: Indoor air quality.- Toxicity issues: Radon.- Ventilation rate: thermal efficiency and health aspects.- Insulation materials made with vegetable fibres.- High performance insulation materials.- Thermal energy storage technologies.- Phase change materials in nearly zero energy building refurbishment.- Nanogel windows.- Switchable glazing technology: Electrochromic fenestration for energy efficient buildings.- Solar photovoltaic/termal tecnologies: Their application in building retrofitting.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781447155225 20160612
The recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on 19 May 2010. For new buildings, the recast fixes 2020 as the deadline for all new buildings to be "nearly zero energy" (and even sooner for public buildings - by the end of 2018). This book gives practitioner an important tool to tackle the challenges of building refurbishment towards nearly zero energy. This book is welcome at this time and sets the scene for professionals whether practitioners or researchers to learn more about how we can make whether old or new buildings more efficient and effective in terms of energy performance.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781447155225 20160612
Book
1 online resource.
Since 1930 more than 100,000 new chemical compounds have been developed and insufficient information exists on the health assessment of 95 percent of these chemicals in which a relevant percentage are used in construction products. For instance Portland cement concrete, the most used material on the Planet (10.000 million tons/year that in the next 40 years will increase around 100 %) currently used in around 15% of total concrete production contains chemicals used to modify their properties, either in the fresh or hardened state. Biopolymers are materials that are developed from natural resources. They reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. There is a worldwide demand to replace petroleum-based materials with renewable resources. Currently bio-admixtures represent just a small fraction of the chemical admixtures market (around 20%) but with environmental awareness for constituents in construction materials generally growing (the Construction Products Regulation is being enforced in Europe since 2013), the trend towards bio-admixtures is expected to continue. This book provides an updated state-of-the-art review on biopolymers and their influence and use as admixtures in the development of eco-efficient construction materials.
Book
1 online resource.
Since 1930 more than 100,000 new chemical compounds have been developed and insufficient information exists on the health assessment of 95 percent of these chemicals in which a relevant percentage are used in construction products. For instance Portland cement concrete, the most used material on the Planet (10.000 million tons/year that in the next 40 years will increase around 100 %) currently used in around 15% of total concrete production contains chemicals used to modify their properties, either in the fresh or hardened state. Biopolymers are materials that are developed from natural resources. They reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. There is a worldwide demand to replace petroleum-based materials with renewable resources. Currently bio-admixtures represent just a small fraction of the chemical admixtures market (around 20%) but with environmental awareness for constituents in construction materials generally growing (the Construction Products Regulation is being enforced in Europe since 2013), the trend towards bio-admixtures is expected to continue. This book provides an updated state-of-the-art review on biopolymers and their influence and use as admixtures in the development of eco-efficient construction materials.
Book
1 online resource : color illustrations, charts
  • Introduction to nano and biotech materials for energy building efficiency
  • Nanogel windows for energy building efficiency
  • Aerogel thermal insulation for energy building efficiency
  • Thermocromics for energy building efficiency
  • Nano tech based vacuum insulation panels
  • Nano PCMs composites for thermal energy building storage
  • High performance façade materials with nanoparticles
  • Nano tech super-hydrophilic based materials for reducing energy cooling needs
  • Nano tech based photovoltaic materials
  • Nanocellulose aerogel thermal insulation materials
  • Performance of bioplastics as low embodied energy building materials
  • Cyanobacteria based energy sources
  • Photobioreactors energy sources
  • Design of photobioreactors for buildings
  • Architectural integration of photobioreactors in buildings
  • Organic photovoltaic technology.
This book presents the current state of knowledge on nanomaterials and their use in buildings, ranging from glazing and vacuum insulation to PCM composites. It also discusses recent applications in organic photovoltaics, photo-bioreactors, bioplastics and foams, making it an exciting read while also providing copious references to current research and applications for those wanting to pursue possible future research directions. Derek Clements-Croome, Emeritus Professor in Architectural Engineering, University of Reading (From the Foreword) Demonstrating how higher energy efficiency in new and existing buildings can help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, this book details the way in which new technologies, manufacturing processes and products can serve to abate emissions from the energy sector and offer a cost-effective means of improving competitiveness and drive employment. Maximizing reader insights into how nano and biotech materials - such as aerogel based plasters, thermochromic glazings and thermal energy adsorbing glass, amongst others - can provide high energy efficiency performance in buildings, it provides practitioners in the field with an important high-tech tool to tackle key challenges and is essential reading for civil engineers, architects, materials scientists and researchers in the area of the sustainability of the built environment.
Book
1 online resource.
  • Introduction to the environmental impact of construction and building materials. Part 1 Life cycle assessment (LCA), eco-labelling and procurement: Mineral resource depletion assessment-- LCA of sustainable building materials: An overview-- LCA of the building sector: strengths and weaknesses-- Using LCA methodology to develop eco-labels for construction and building materials-- The EU Ecolabel scheme and its application to construction and building materials-- Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) labelling of construction and building materials-- Shortcomings of eco-labelling of construction and building materials-- Green public procurement (GPP) of construction and building materials. Part 2 Assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials: Assessing the environmental impact of conventional and �green� cement production-- LCA of concrete made using recycled concrete or natural aggregates-- LCA of building thermal insulation materials-- LCA of phase change materials (PCMs) used in buildings-- LCA of wood-based building materials-- The environmental impact of adhesives-- LCA of road pavement materials. Part 3 Assessing the environmental impact of particular types of structure: Comparing the environmental impact of reinforced concrete and wooden structures-- Assessing the sustainability of prefabricated buildings-- LCA of green facades and living wall systems-- Assessing the environmental and economic impacts of cladding systems for green buildings-- LCA of windows and window materials-- LCA of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) structures-- LCA of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in civil applications.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857097729 20160618
Determining the life cycle of eco-efficient construction materials is of critical importance to professionals in the construction industry. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an assessment of the environmental impacts of a given material from cradle to grave. This book provides a thorough overview of the LCA and eco-labelling of eco-efficient construction and building materials. Part one of the book provides an introduction to the environmental impact of construction and building materials, LCA, eco-labelling and procurement. Topics covered in this section include mineral resource depletion assessment, LCA of sustainable building materials, the strengths and weaknesses of LCA in the building sector, describes the use of LCA methodology in developing eco-labels for construction and building materials, outlines the EU Ecolabel scheme, and the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) labelling of construction and building materials. This part also provides an overview of the shortcomings of eco-labelling of construction and building materials, and the green public procurement (GPP) of construction and building materials. Part two assesses the environmental impact of construction and building materials. This section analyses the environmental impact of conventional and 'green' cement production, describes the LCA of concrete made using recycled concrete or natural aggregates, the LCA of building thermal insulation materials, phase change materials (PCMs), road pavement materials and wood-based building materials, and discusses the environmental impact of adhesives. Part three of the book assesses the environmental impact of particular types of structure. This section includes a comparison of the environmental impact of reinforced concrete and wooden structures, assesses the sustainability of prefabricated buildings, the LCA of green facades and living wall systems, and the environmental and economic impacts of cladding systems for green buildings. This section also covers the LCA of windows and window materials, ultra high performance concrete (UHPC) structures, and the LCA of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in civil applications. Eco-efficient construction and building materials provides a comprehensive insight into all aspects of the life cycle assessment and eco-labelling of eco-efficient construction and building materials, and is an essential text for construction industry professionals, researchers, academics, post-graduate and under-graduate university students.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857097729 20160618
Eco-efficient Construction and Building Materials reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials. Part one discusses the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to building materials as well as eco-labeling. Part two includes case studies showing the application of LCA methodology to different types of building material, from cement and concrete to wood and adhesives used in building. Part three includes case studies applying LCA methodology to particular structures and components. * Reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials* Provides a thorough overview, including strengths and shortcomings, of the life cycle assessment (LCA) and eco-labeling of eco-efficient construction and building materials* Includes case studies showing the application of LCA methodology to different types of building material, from cement and concrete to wood and adhesives used in building.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857097675 20160618
Book
1 online resource.
  • Introduction to the environmental impact of construction and building materials. Part 1 Life cycle assessment (LCA), eco-labelling and procurement: Mineral resource depletion assessment-- LCA of sustainable building materials: An overview-- LCA of the building sector: strengths and weaknesses-- Using LCA methodology to develop eco-labels for construction and building materials-- The EU Ecolabel scheme and its application to construction and building materials-- Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) labelling of construction and building materials-- Shortcomings of eco-labelling of construction and building materials-- Green public procurement (GPP) of construction and building materials. Part 2 Assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials: Assessing the environmental impact of conventional and �green� cement production-- LCA of concrete made using recycled concrete or natural aggregates-- LCA of building thermal insulation materials-- LCA of phase change materials (PCMs) used in buildings-- LCA of wood-based building materials-- The environmental impact of adhesives-- LCA of road pavement materials. Part 3 Assessing the environmental impact of particular types of structure: Comparing the environmental impact of reinforced concrete and wooden structures-- Assessing the sustainability of prefabricated buildings-- LCA of green facades and living wall systems-- Assessing the environmental and economic impacts of cladding systems for green buildings-- LCA of windows and window materials-- LCA of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) structures-- LCA of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in civil applications.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857097729 20160618
Determining the life cycle of eco-efficient construction materials is of critical importance to professionals in the construction industry. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an assessment of the environmental impacts of a given material from cradle to grave. This book provides a thorough overview of the LCA and eco-labelling of eco-efficient construction and building materials. Part one of the book provides an introduction to the environmental impact of construction and building materials, LCA, eco-labelling and procurement. Topics covered in this section include mineral resource depletion assessment, LCA of sustainable building materials, the strengths and weaknesses of LCA in the building sector, describes the use of LCA methodology in developing eco-labels for construction and building materials, outlines the EU Ecolabel scheme, and the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) labelling of construction and building materials. This part also provides an overview of the shortcomings of eco-labelling of construction and building materials, and the green public procurement (GPP) of construction and building materials. Part two assesses the environmental impact of construction and building materials. This section analyses the environmental impact of conventional and 'green' cement production, describes the LCA of concrete made using recycled concrete or natural aggregates, the LCA of building thermal insulation materials, phase change materials (PCMs), road pavement materials and wood-based building materials, and discusses the environmental impact of adhesives. Part three of the book assesses the environmental impact of particular types of structure. This section includes a comparison of the environmental impact of reinforced concrete and wooden structures, assesses the sustainability of prefabricated buildings, the LCA of green facades and living wall systems, and the environmental and economic impacts of cladding systems for green buildings. This section also covers the LCA of windows and window materials, ultra high performance concrete (UHPC) structures, and the LCA of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in civil applications. Eco-efficient construction and building materials provides a comprehensive insight into all aspects of the life cycle assessment and eco-labelling of eco-efficient construction and building materials, and is an essential text for construction industry professionals, researchers, academics, post-graduate and under-graduate university students.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857097729 20160618
Eco-efficient Construction and Building Materials reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials. Part one discusses the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to building materials as well as eco-labeling. Part two includes case studies showing the application of LCA methodology to different types of building material, from cement and concrete to wood and adhesives used in building. Part three includes case studies applying LCA methodology to particular structures and components. * Reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials* Provides a thorough overview, including strengths and shortcomings, of the life cycle assessment (LCA) and eco-labeling of eco-efficient construction and building materials* Includes case studies showing the application of LCA methodology to different types of building material, from cement and concrete to wood and adhesives used in building.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857097675 20160618

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