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Sustainable Non-Metallic Building Materials

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  • Paul Joseph

    () (The Built Environment Research Institute, School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland, UK)

  • Svetlana Tretsiakova-McNally

    () (The Built Environment Research Institute, School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland, UK)

Abstract

Buildings are the largest energy consumers and greenhouse gases emitters, both in the developed and developing countries. In continental Europe, the energy use in buildings alone is responsible for up to 50% of carbon dioxide emission. Urgent changes are, therefore, required relating to energy saving, emissions control, production and application of materials, use of renewable resources, and to recycling and reuse of building materials. In addition, the development of new eco-friendly building materials and practices is of prime importance owing to the growing environmental concerns. This review reflects the key tendencies in the sector of sustainable building materials of a non-metallic nature that have occurred over the past decade or so.

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  • Paul Joseph & Svetlana Tretsiakova-McNally, 2010. "Sustainable Non-Metallic Building Materials," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(2), pages 1-28, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:400-427:d:6956
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    1. Soršak, Marko & Leskovar, Vesna Žegarac & Premrov, Miroslav & Goričanec, Darko & Pšunder, Igor, 2014. "Economical optimization of energy-efficient timber buildings: Case study for single family timber house in Slovenia," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 77(C), pages 57-65.
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    3. repec:eee:rensus:v:81:y:2018:i:p1:p:682-692 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Yupeng Wang & Hiroatsu Fukuda, 2016. "Timber Chips as the Insulation Material for Energy Saving in Prefabricated Offices," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(6), pages 1-12, June.
    5. Dixit, Manish K. & Fernández-Solís, Jose L. & Lavy, Sarel & Culp, Charles H., 2012. "Need for an embodied energy measurement protocol for buildings: A review paper," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 3730-3743.

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    Keywords

    sustainability; sustainable buildings; construction; building materials;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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