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Materials for Sustainable Sites. A Complete Guide to the Evaluation, Selection, and Use of Sustainable Construction Materials

  • ID: 3984038
  • Book
  • October 2008
  • 464 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
A complete guide to evaluating, selecting, and using sustainable construction materials

Environmental and human health impacts of materials are a hidden cost of our built environment. While we can readily see the impact of destroying a wetland to build a mall, we aren′t always aware of the "invisible" effects on the environment as raw materials are harvested, and products manufactured and shipped from thousands of miles away from the site.

Materials for Sustainable Sites guides architects, engineers, contractors, and landscape architects in making the right choices to minimize their projects′ environmental and human health impacts—whether the right answer is a new, green material or a conventional, tried–and–true material used in green ways.

This book provides detailed and current information on construction materials for sustainable sites, including:

  • General environmental and human health impacts of the materials and products industry

  • Tools, techniques, ideologies, and resources for evaluating, sourcing, and specifying sustainable site materials

  • Methods of specifying the nine basic types of conventional and emerging green site construction materials: concrete, earthen materials, brick masonry, asphalt pavement, aggregates and stone, wood, metals, plastics, and nonliving bio–based materials to minimize their impacts.

Materials for Sustainable Sites prepares designers, engineers, and builders with the information they need to incorporate sustainable site design into every project.

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CHAPTER 1 Materials for Sustainable Sites Defined.

CHAPTER 2 Background: Inputs, Outputs, and Impacts of Construction Materials.

CHAPTER 3 Evaluating the Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Materials.

CHAPTER 4 Resource Reuse: Designing with and Specifying Reclaimed, Reprocessed, and Recycled–content Materials.

CHAPTER 5 Concrete.

CHAPTER 6 Earthen Materials.

CHAPTER 7 Brick Masonry.

CHAPTER 8 Asphalt Pavement.

CHAPTER 9 Aggregates and Stone.

CHAPTER 10 Wood and Wood Products.

CHAPTER 11 Metals.

CHAPTER 12 Plastics and Rubber.

CHAPTER 13 Biobased Materials, BY RUTH STAFFORD.

Appendix A: Embodied Energy and Embodied Carbon of Construction Materials by Weight.

Appendix B: Health and Environmental Impacts of Hazardous Air Pollutants and Metals Related to Construction Materials.


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Meg Calkins
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