Environmental Analysis of Construction Materials: Material Specifications for Green Built Environment

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Çakmaklı A. B.

in: Green Building Management and Smart Automation, Arun Solanki,Anand Nayyar, Editor, IGI Global, Pennsylvania, pp.90-110, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • City: Pennsylvania
  • Page Numbers: pp.90-110
  • Editors: Arun Solanki,Anand Nayyar, Editor
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


There is a growing universal awareness of protecting the living and non-living environment and making

enlightened decisions to achieve a sustainable development without destruction of the natural resources.

In this point of view, selecting building materials according to their energy and health performances

gains importance in sustainable design. 3Rs (reducing, reusing, recycling), and supplying a healthy, nonhazardous

indoor air for building occupants are two important parameters of environmental life-cycle

assessment for materials. Information on exposure to gases and vapors from synthetic materials made

from petrochemicals, to heavy metals and pesticides, and to some combustion pollutants that cause acid

rain should be determined by analyzing environmental product declarations or material specifications.

After studying on building materials individually, they are analyzed in the form of tables for four different

stages; manufacturing, application, usage, demolition phase. Consequently, this chapter can guide

the designer and engineer to think on the elements of design and construction activity.