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Team and Planning
A work plan is an outline of a set of goals and processes by which a team and/or person can accomplish those goals, and offering a better understanding of the scope of the project. Work plans help a team and/or person stay organized while working on projects. Through work plans, you break down a process into small, achievable tasks and identify the things you want to accomplish (source:
The importance of sustainability in construction
Why it is so important to understand what sustainability means? After reading this part you will know the meaning of sustainability and the impact to environment which constructions sector brings today
Green Building
Green building, also known as sustainable building, refers to the design, construction, and operation of buildings that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout their entire lifecycle.
Passive and Active Solar Design
In this part you will find out, that: 1. Passive solar design involves using the sun's energy to heat and cool living spaces without mechanical devices. This is achieved through the use of proper orientation, insulation, windows, and thermal mass. 2. Passive cooling reduces heat in a building through natural processes such as ventilation, shading, and radiant barriers. 3. Passive solar windows are designed to increase energy efficiency by minimizing heat loss and gain. 4. The roof of a passive solar building is crucial in maximizing solar gain and energy efficiency. 5. Photovoltaic devices convert solar radiation into electricity and are a popular form of renewable energy. Solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source that generates electricity from sunlight. 6. There are three types of solar power systems: on-grid, off-grid, and hybrid. Proper mounting systems for solar panels are necessary for correct installation and positioning in any solar energy system.
Universal Design
Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation of specialized design.
Conceptual Design
In the construction industry, concept design represents the design team's initial response to the client's requirements.
Non-residential Building(s) and Area Development Project
About Lesson

Expanded clay is a unique lightweight aggregate with versatile applications, the only “all in one” aggregate with sustainable use “everywhere”. Thanks to its unique characteristics, expanded clay has broad range of applications “everywhere”, like in the HOUSING, INFRASTRUCTURE and WATER MANAGEMENT. It’s well defined in several product specific  harmonized  European  standards,  and all declarations are done in accordance with approved European test standards.

Expanded clay lightweight aggregate can be used as a primary material in the mix design of low density building blocks and panels. There is no alternative material in the market that delivers structural integrity whilst having a density < 350 kg/m3 which assists in creating a very sustainable lightweight flexible building material. Expanded clay block and panel walls deliver lightweight, yet, robust building construction solutions, that are suitable for external walls, party walls, basements, partitions and inner leaf blocks offering the very simple inherent benefits of thermal mass, sound reduction and thermal resistance.

Expanded clay blocks are manufactured and declared to EN 771-3:2011+A1:2015 Specification for masonry units – Part 3: Aggregate concrete masonry units (Dense and lightweight aggregates).

The expanded clay wall element is supplied to the European market in various sizes from a small block to a large panel, various formats, supplied with varying appearance and aesthetics, where local building techniques will determine the nominal sizes.

Leca Lightweight Aggregate Expanded Clay (LWA)

Exercise Files
How to use expanded clay lightweight concrete blocks 1.pdf
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