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Sustainable Steel Buildings A Practical Guide for Structures and Envelopes von Veljkovic, Milan (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 24.08.2016
  • Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
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Sustainable Steel Buildings

Sustainable Steel Buildings will review steel and its potential as a sustainable building material. It will provide a comprehensive overview of sustainability, and show how steel can be used to deliver buildings and structures with a high level of sustainability. The book will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of steel and how those characteristics can be used under a range of international certification systems (DGNB, LEED, BREEAM, openhouse etc). To ensure comprehensiveness, the book will cover the following: ? The background of sustainable building ? Basic concepts of sustainable construction ? Methods and design tools for the delivery of sustainable buildings ? Steel and its performance in certification systems, both criteria and material-specific answers ? Information and data on relevant steel construction products ? Examples of sustainable steel buildings Bernhard Hauke ist Geschäftsführer von bauforumstahl, der die deutsche Stahlindustrie repräsentierenden Organisation. Mit einem Abschluss als Bauingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.) und einem PhD im Hoch- und Tiefbau war Dr. Hauke vor seiner Zeit bei bauforumstahl als Bauingenieur, Planungsleiter und später als Leiter des Bereichs Steel Design der Hochtief Construction AG tätig. Oliver Hechler ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Fakultät für Naturwissenschaften, Technologie und Kommunikation der Universität Luxemburg. Markus Kuhnhenne arbeitet am Institut für Stahlbau an der RWTH Aachen.


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    Seitenzahl: 384
    Erscheinungsdatum: 24.08.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781118740811
    Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
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Sustainable Steel Buildings

Chapter 1
What does 'sustainable construction' mean? An overview

Sustainable construction is a relatively new subject with which many of those involved in planning and construction are not familiar. It has been covered in numerous technical papers, but few of them present specific measures for implementing sustainability in the building and construction industry. This publication aims to improve the information available to those working in the construction sector using examples and guidance on steel construction in particular. The background and basic principles of how to achieve sustainable construction are presented and dealt with in a clearly structured manner. This publication also aims to convey a comprehensive understanding of sustainability and identifies the opportunities and essentials that can result from sensible implementation of sustainable steel construction strategies. The latest developments in steel construction provide a means to measure the success of the building and construction industry.

Diana Fischer, Bernhard Hauke, Luis Braganca, Joana Andrade and Ricardo Mateus

The term 'sustainable' was first used in forestry to convey the idea that only as many trees could be felled in a given time period as were capable of growing again during the same period. A definition of the term 'sustainability' that is common today in the context of society can be found in the Brundtland report of the United Nations, which was published in 1987: 'Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs' [1]. These needs can be of an ecological, economic or social nature. A development or action is only sustainable if a minimum level of satisfaction is achieved in all areas and can be maintained in the future.

In 1992, the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro. It was an unprecedented event and attempted to establish sustainable development policies at a global scale. Among other documents, Agenda 21 was born during this conference [2]. It sought to move the interpretation of the sustainable development concept from just environmental protection to improvement of life quality and well-being, generation equity, ethics and healthy conditions [3].

Twenty years later, a new summit took place in Rio - Rio +20 Conference. The two main themes discussed were (1) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (2) the institutional framework for sustainable development. Although still concerned with environmental and economic issues, this summit concluded that eradicating poverty is the greatest global challenge nowadays.

A shift in how sustainable development is seen is apparent. It started only as an environmental concern, and currently the social aspects of sustainability are highlighted. This shows the importance of going beyond environmental protection and considering also both the economic and social aspects. It implies that environmental protection is linked to maintaining and improving equity of the present and future generations, as follows: Sustainable development should be promoted by ' sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth, creating greater opportunities for all, reducing inequalities, raising basic standards of living, fostering equitable social development and inclusion, and promoting integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems that supports, inter alia, economic, social and human development while facilitating ecosystem conservation, regeneration and restoration and resilience in the face of new and emerging challenges ' [4].

Thus, the sustainability concept is based on the interrelation of three fields: environment, society and economy. A sustainable model should stimulate and pursue agreement and equ

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