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The Ecology of Building Materials Paperback – March 25, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1856175371 ISBN-10: 1856175375 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: taylor & francis; 2 edition (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856175375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856175371
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First edition Silver Award Winner at the Chartered Institute of Buildings Literary Awards, 2001.

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The Ecology of Building Materials explores key questions surrounding sustainability of building materials. It provides technical data to enable design and building professionals to choose the most appropriate materials for a project: those that are least polluting, most energy efficient, and from sustainable sources. The book also gives information and guidance on a wide range of issues such as recycling, detailing for increased durability and Life Cycle Analysis.

Berge's book, translated from the Norwegian by Chris Butters and Filip Henley, offers safe and environmentally friendly material options. It provides an essential and easy-to-use reference guide to this complex subject for the building industry professional.

New to this edition: . Thorough exploration of building materials in relation to climate change issues . Extensive updating of basic data, as well as the introduction of a wide range of new materials . Methods for recycling and reuse of materials . More information on the interaction between materials and the indoor environment, ventilation and energy use . Full colour text and user-friendly larger format

Bjørn Berge is a practicing architect, researcher and lecturer. Since the 1970s, he has written several books on building ecology for the Scandinavian public. He is one of the founders of Gaia Architects who have developed a wide range of pioneering techniques in sustainable building.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack P. Marshall on July 3, 2012
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Excellent book, very technical. Informative in all the products that are used in the construction industry. Great reference book. Highly recommend anyone that needs a techincal reference book for sustainability.
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By adnarim on December 1, 2011
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I had to buy this book for my Building Construction class. We hardly used this book to read from cover to cover, but it was a good reference book on different materials. The writing is clear and understandable. The most helpful parts of the book are the tables that compare materials - they are easy to read and can be quickly understood.
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Bjørn Berge is a practicing architect, researcher and lecturer. He has written several books on building ecology for the Scandinavian public and is one of the founders of Gaia Architects who have developed a wide range of pioneering techniques in sustainable building.