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Environmental analysis of a building with reused building materials

Thormark, Catarina LU (2000) In International Journal of Low Energy & Sustainable Building 1.
Abstract
In order to reduce the environmental impacts within the building sector, recycling of building

materials is on the increase. Projects are carried out on several levels and are often well analysed regarding the

economic consequences; however, the actual environmental effects are rarely studied. This paper presents a study of

the environmental impacts due to a building from 1997 with a large proportion of reused building materials and

components. Two cases were studied; (i) the building as it was built with a large proportion of reused materials and

components (ii) the building as if all materials and components had been new. The results showed that the

environmental impacts were about... (More)
In order to reduce the environmental impacts within the building sector, recycling of building

materials is on the increase. Projects are carried out on several levels and are often well analysed regarding the

economic consequences; however, the actual environmental effects are rarely studied. This paper presents a study of

the environmental impacts due to a building from 1997 with a large proportion of reused building materials and

components. Two cases were studied; (i) the building as it was built with a large proportion of reused materials and

components (ii) the building as if all materials and components had been new. The results showed that the

environmental impacts were about 55% of the impacts that would have been caused if all materials had been new.

The reuse of clay bricks and roofing clay tiles accounted for the main decrease in environmental impacts. Further,

these materials can be transported over quite long distances and still give environmental benefits. (Less)
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  abstract     = {In order to reduce the environmental impacts within the building sector, recycling of building<br/><br>
materials is on the increase. Projects are carried out on several levels and are often well analysed regarding the<br/><br>
economic consequences; however, the actual environmental effects are rarely studied. This paper presents a study of<br/><br>
the environmental impacts due to a building from 1997 with a large proportion of reused building materials and<br/><br>
components. Two cases were studied; (i) the building as it was built with a large proportion of reused materials and<br/><br>
components (ii) the building as if all materials and components had been new. The results showed that the<br/><br>
environmental impacts were about 55% of the impacts that would have been caused if all materials had been new.<br/><br>
The reuse of clay bricks and roofing clay tiles accounted for the main decrease in environmental impacts. Further,<br/><br>
these materials can be transported over quite long distances and still give environmental benefits.},
  author       = {Thormark, Catarina},
  keyword      = {selective demolition.,recycling,sustainable building},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {ARRAY(0x9062260)},
  series       = {International Journal of Low Energy & Sustainable Building},
  title        = {Environmental analysis of a building with reused building materials},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2000},
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