B. Berge
Architectural Press | 0750654503 | 2000 | PDF | 480 pages | 11 Mb

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As both a practising architect and a researcher, Berge introduces us authoritatively to issues such as using raw materials from renewable sources, and the possibilities of designing and manufacturing reusable building materials. The alternatives to modern building materials are outlined and discussed from an ecological perspective.

In a time when environmental labelling is becoming increasingly popular and the producers of building materials are urged to be more environmentally aware, it is obviously important that we are acquainted with these alternatives.

Important issues discussed in this book include:

Can raw materials from non-renewable sources be replaced with raw materials from widely available or non-depletable sources?
Can environmentally friendly chemicals replace environmentally damaging ones?
Can the make-up of building materials be altered so that individual components can be re-used?

A clear interpretation of complicated Life Cycle Analysis issues and vital guidance are given to specifiers confronted with a plethora of manufacturers' environmental claims.


Section 1

1 Resources 3
2 Pollution 25
3 Local production and the human ecological aspect 43
4 The chemical and physical properties of building materials 53

Section 2

5 Water and air 65
6 Minerals 69
7 Stone 107
8 Loose materials 117
9 Fossil oils 141
10 Plants 157
11 Materials of animal origin 179
12 Industrial by-products 183

Section 3

13 Structural materials 189
14 Climatic materials 243
15 Surface materials 307
16 Building components 375
17 Fixings and connections 385
18 Paint, varnish, stain and wax 401
19 Impregnating agents, and how to avoid them 429


Silver Award Winner at the Chartered Institute of Buildings Literary Awards:
"This book looks in fine detail at the composition and properties of building materials from an ecological perspective. Packed full of fresh information and comprehensive data, it tackles a subject about which very little has been published before. There is a freshness and clarity of treatment that stems from the author's clear passion for the subject. Ignore this book at your - and your grandchildren's - peril."
CIOB Committee

'[The book] is tightly packed with text, tables, references and illustrations; it is thorough...and it is wide-ranging in coverage of materials and techniques, both familiar and less so.'
Adam Voelcker, The Architectural Review

'...an amazingly comprehensive and thorough resource, full of gems of wisdom, and anyone seriously interested in exploring alternatives to mainstream materials will find a great deal of useful material.'
Environmental Building News -- Review

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