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How Environmentally Friendly are Building Materials

Published on March 20, 2009 at 12:34 AM

Environmental concerns are infiltrating all elements of our lives. The construction industry has not escaped this scrutiny; much attention is being given to the disposing and recycling of construction materials as well as adopting more environmentally friendly practices. Research in this area is focused on developing more sustainable or green construction materials.

Sustainability of construction materials from Woodhead Publishing brings together a wealth of recent research on the subject. A comprehensive analysis of a wide variety of construction materials ranging from timber to glass reviews the issue of sustainability in context. Case studies examine vegetable fibre in cement based composites and sustainability of cement, concrete and cement replacement materials in construction. Materials are examined in terms of their performance in use, availability, extraction and sustainability characteristics.

The book examines the durability of sustainable construction materials with particular focus on the nature of concrete durability. An interesting discussion goes on to highlights the use of waste rubber tyre in civil engineering works with case studies illustrating the application of the product. A concluding chapter discusses nanotechnologies for construction incorporating both an assessment of health and safety risks and selected examples of nanoconstruction.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Sustainability of construction materials is a standard reference for anyone involved in the construction and civil engineering industries with an interest in the highly important topic of sustainability.

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