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New foundations for the building industry: nine basic concepts to promote sustainability



Title: New foundations for the building industry: nine basic concepts to promote sustainability
Author(s): J.A. Azambuja, L.C. Bonin, L. Zucchetti and A.B. Masuero
Paper category : conference
Book title: 2nd International RILEM Conference on Progress of Recycling in the Built Environment
Editor(s): V.M. John, E. Vazquez, S.C. Angulo, C. Ulsen
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-122-3
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2011
Pages: 39 - 49
Total Pages: 11
Nb references: 33
Language: English


Abstract: Truly sustainable solutions for the built environment must be developed using some fundamental concepts, recycling being but one of them. Other characteristics are: minimum entropy increase in the environment, metal ban from all building processes and products, high energy structures for recycling through biodegradability, bottom-up processes for high performance with minimum material usage, link between levels for the promotion of emergence, steady-state production and consumption, development of new technological solutions based on biosynthesis examples, and co-evolution of technologies and cultural values. All these concepts are intertwined in various ways, forming a new paradigm for the built environment and pointing to a new direction for technological development. This paper presents them and discusses their relationships with the concept of recycling, the possibilities of implementing them and the benefits derived from the adoption of this new paradigm.


Online publication: 2012-02-08
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00