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TitleEnvironmental life cycle analysis of earthen building materials
Author(s)Mateus, Ricardo
Fernandes, Jorge
Teixeira, E. R.
KeywordsCompressed earth block (CEB)
Earthen architecture
Environmental performance
Life cycle assessment
Rammed earth
Specific environmental data
Vernacular construction
Issue dateMay-2019
CitationMateus R., Fernandes J. E. P., Teixeira E. R. Environmental Life Cycle Analysis of Earthen Building Materials, Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering, Issue 2019, pp. 1-6, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.11459-6, 2019
Abstract(s)This study addresses the potential of using earthen materials/building solutions in the design of contemporary buildings in the Portuguese context. Additionally, it presents specific cradle-to-gate environmental information related to the compressed earth block (CEB) and rammed earth processes of a Portuguese construction company. At the end, it compares the environmental performance of these two vernacular materials with the one that is being used in contemporary construction (ceramic brick). As an outcome, this research shows that using earthen building materials will result in substantial environmental savings when compared to brick walls that fulfil the same functional requirements.
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Publisher version
AccessOpen access
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