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
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.