Construction Ecology: Nature as a Basis for Green Buildings by Charles J. Kibert, Jan Sendzimir, G. Bradley Guy

By Charles J. Kibert, Jan Sendzimir, G. Bradley Guy

As designers of equipped environments concentration more and more on eco-friendly and sustainable development they are going to be in a position to examine a lot from the sphere of commercial ecology. commercial ecology presents a legitimate technique of systemizing many of the rules which come below the banner of os sustainable building.

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Bradley Guy 4 5 manufactured, site-processed products (dimensional lumber, drywall, plywood, electrical wiring, insulation, metal and plastic piping, ductwork); manufactured, site-installed, low mass products (paints, sealers, varnishes, glues, mastics). Each of these categories of building components has an influence on the potential for reuse or recycling at the end of the building’s useful life and the quantity of waste generated during site assembly. Category 1 components, because they are manufactured as complete systems, can be more easily designed for remanufacturing, reuse, and disassembly, and thus have a excellent potential for being placed into a closed materials loop.

Planned obsolescence would be eliminated. ” Lessons from natural systems Many authors have suggested that human industrial systems can and must use the metaphor of biological systems as guidance for their design. The field of ecological engineering emerged from Odum’s (1983) pioneering work, which explored how functions and services could be optimized at much greater efficiencies by integrating human and natural systems through adept redesign. These lessons can be explored at a large or systems scale as well as at the small or microscopic scale in terms of the metabolism of natural systems versus industrial systems.

Does it curb excess from within? Does it tap the power of limits? Is it beautiful? Industrial ecology and metabolism Industrial ecology can be defined as the application of ecological theory to industrial systems or the ecological restructuring of industry (Rejeski 1997). 1) (Wernick and Ausubel 1997). Industrial metabolism is the study of the flow of materials and energy from the natural environment, through the industrial system, and back into the environment. It is directed at understanding the flows of materials and energy from human activities and the interaction of these flows with local ecosystems, regions, and global biogeochemical cycles (Erkman 1997).

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