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EXPLORE A COMBINATION OF MATERIALS IN BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES

PVS Vaz-Serra, PGH Henriques, Pedro Gameiro, M Aurel (ed.)

The Architectural Science Association and Victoria University of Wellington | Published : 2017

Abstract

The construction sector is associated with significant environmental impacts, being a major consumer of raw materials and energy, and generating a lot of pollution. Therefore, it is essential for the industry to move towards more sustainable construction practices. The selection of building materials is a relevant factor in sustainability, nevertheless, it seems that the industry is more focused on other aspects, such as speed of construction and cost reduction, rather than careful choice of materials. Research through the life cycle assessment methodology has identified that all stages of construction introduce environmental, social and economic impacts. Within the theme of sustainability, ..

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