Nowadays the durability concept is changed: materials are analysed as a part of a complex system, that is a building, and their performances and durability have to be referred also over the building’s total life cycle in terms of life cycle and residual performances of materials/components. It is necessary to move from mass produced single-use products to new concepts of multi-use materials and components after the useful life of a building or of a part, according to the eco-efficiency principles of building products. In building sector it is necessary to integrate sustainability with competitiveness (costs and quality) as well as with technical and technological innovation. As the building industry is a large consumer of materials, an important requirement of a sustainable solution is the reduction of waste and of resources use. This implies the necessity to research into how it is possible to use better the materials in relation to their specific characteristics and the kind of building (“fitness for purpose”) and how to support recyclability of materials for the minimisation of waste and pollution.
Description of the Course
Team and Planning
The importance of sustainability in construction
Passive and Active Solar Design
Energy consumption, EU Ecolabel, green building materials and durability of buildings
Building engineering systems