Aluminium - A sustainable building material?

C. Radlbeck, D. Kosteas, M. Schlinz

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Abstract

Realizing the concept of sustainability in the building sector presents a challenge for architects, planners and engineers. Structures have to be functional and efficient during their lifetime while fulfilling economic, social, technical and ecological requirements. A significant factor in this process is the selection of the building material itself, which has to be of high-quality while, durable, recyclable as well as cost and energy efficient. In these aspects aluminum has a high potential. To evaluate sustainable performance, the application of respective indicators is necessary. Thereby aspects of design, utilization, maintenance, disposal, recycling as well as interaction effects are to be taken into account. To put indicators into practice tools such as Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) procedures and appropriate design methods haveto beused. A first step in this direction is presented by the ADT-Program combined with a LCA software tool enabling the analysis of correlations between design measures and ecological effects already in an early planning phase. The procedure is presented by simulating a façade.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImprovement of Buildings' Structural Quality by New Technologies - Proceedings of the Final Conference of COST Action C12
PublisherA.A. Balkema Publishers
Pages537-545
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0415366097, 9780415366090
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
EventFinal Conference of COST Action C12: Improvement of Buildings' Structural Quality by New Technologies - Innsbruck, Austria
Duration: 20 Jan 200522 Jan 2005

Publication series

NameImprovement of Buildings' Structural Quality by New Technologies - Proceedings of the Final Conference of COST Action C12

Conference

ConferenceFinal Conference of COST Action C12: Improvement of Buildings' Structural Quality by New Technologies
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityInnsbruck
Period20/01/0522/01/05

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