Sustainable development has become more and more important in the 21st century. The human race is progressively changing its socioeconomic system in an effort to solve its resource, energy and environmental problems. The building and construction industry plays a critical role in economic and social development. By providing a first-rate built environment, it contributes to our continuing economic competitiveness and the quality of life of everyone who visits us or lives and works here. The construction materials industry is a major user of the world’s resources. While enormous progress has been made towards sustainability, the scope and opportunities for further improvements are significant. Sustainable construction will enhance the resilience of our building and construction industry by using materials and resources that are available from many sources in the world. It also means adopting construction methods that are environmentally friendly, faster, quieter and less labor-intensive. Sustainable Construction Materials provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the sustainability of a variety of construction materials ranging from sustainable alternatives for aggregates and cementitious materials in concrete; making concrete sustainable; the economics and environmental impact of sustainable materials; sustainable use of gypsum, lime, soil, natural fibers, wood, and other organic materials; and sustainable construction methods and technologies. Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact on the natural environment by: efficiently using energy, water, and other resources; reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation. The green concrete’s application in the green building movement. Related environmental issues, case studies and standards are also discussed.
This book serves as a valuable guide to students, researchers, research scholars, teachers, authors and other professionals in the field of research in sustainable construction materials and technologies subjects as well as for anyone involved in the construction and civil engineering industries with an interest in the highly important topic of sustainability.