Handbook of sustainable building: an environmental preference method for selection of materials for use in construction and refurbishment
"... I thoroughly recommend this book. It is easy to use, very readable, and transparent and defensible in its methodology. Buy it and use it " -- Solar Progress "... illustrates how a better understanding of energy is bringing about a revolution in the type of buildings constructed " -- New Scientist ... the most designer-friendly yet ... 25.00 for this book will be money well spent" -- The Architects " Journal "... offers what many builders and designers have been clamoring for" -- Environmental Building News This handbook is the first to give concise, comprehensive guidance to the architect or planner wishing to make environmentally conscious choices when selecting building materials. The authors clearly and simply grade the options available when selecting materials at each stage of construction. The recommendations made in the handbook are based upon extensive evaluation of the environmental impact of the materials, and practical experience of project and pilot studies conducted in the Netherlands. More and more housing associations, private housing administrators, councils, architects and builders are developing initiatives relating to sustainable building. This handbook plays a significant role in forwarding these initiatives, demonstrated by the fact that over 50% of local authorities in the Netherlands have now used the original Dutch edition to draw up guidelines. The accessible presentation makes this an appropriate reference tool for all members of the building planning team. An excellent book to use alongside the "European Directory of Sustainable and Energy Efficient Building".
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acrylic acrylic paint adhesives advantage alkyd paint alternatives aluminium anhydrite basic selection comments bitumen boiler bonding agents borates cause cavity cellulose cement chipboard condensing boiler construction contain copper degradable demolition detailed description disadvantage ecosystem emissions energy content environment environmental impact environmental preference preference EPDM European softwood extraction extraction of petroleum extruded polystyrene fibre flue-gas gypsum foaming agents glazing gutter H)CFCs harmful substances high-solids included internal LE-glazing life-span lnternal magnesite materials mentioned membranes mineral wool n o t recommended natural gypsum natural paint non-sustainable wood paintwork panels phosphogypsum pipes plywood pollution polyester polypropylene polyurethane polyvinyl chloride preference not recommended preservative production process reclaimed aggregate recommended basic selection recommended on account recommended tropical wood Recycled PVC refurbishment renewable raw material requires reuse roof covering sealant softwood solid steel sustainable durable wood synthetic stone tropical hardwood untreated softwood waste disposal water-based water-saving window frames wood preference wooden zinc