Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

Sustainable Mediterranean Construction



Gigliola Ausiello, Enza Santoro


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In construction, as it happens in other sectors of production, there is a continuous interest for the sustainability and for the protection of the environment. Nowadays The principle behind plannings and realizations is to live the Earth, building on it without twisting the natural laws, that are known thanks to the tests made in the last decades. One of the diffused and more effective ways to reach this objective are that to use recycled material. Certainly, these elements are considered refusals but they can be construction materials , with elevated technical characteristics and good performances, often as the traditional ones. This modus operandi represents an efficient solution to the waste of natural resources and, at the same time, an effective waste disposal method. Recycled materials are a valid alternative to typical ones, their transformation process requires less energy and less consumption of raw materials than production from scratch. The studies on waste disposal and processing operations show that it’s more convenient to directly reuse waste, both for the effects on the ecosystem and for the economic point of view. These are simply recovered and, with few operations, become secondary raw materials that can evolve into different elements without any transformation, representing an integration and an alternative. In the article, the analysis of existing buildings, realized with high percentages of recovered or reused materials, shows which materials are actually used and which elements have been realized with them. These materials have been worked with sustainable and not very common construction techniques. These must adapt to the element and must enhance its main characteristics. The purpose of the article is to show that the studies and experiments, supported by examples of buildings made of recycled materials, can educate to accept the second raw material in the same way as the original one.


SMC N.08 2018


001_ COVER

003_ VIEW_Matter: Science and Technology for Habitat
Dora Francese


017_ INDEX


018_ Iron and Steel: the Industrial Revolution New Materials as a Game Changer in Architecture’s Evolution
Georgia Cheirchanteri

025_Earth-Shelterd Dwellings in South Tunisia: Troglodytic caves of Sened Jebel
Fouad Ben Ali

030_On Applications of Thrust Lines to Simply-supported No-tension Panels
Enrico Babilio, Luca Buoninconti

036_Insulation, Building Mass and Airflows – Provisional and Multi-variable Analysis
Giacomo Chiesa, Mario Grosso, Andrea Acquaviva, Badiaa Makhlouf, Alice Tumiatti

041_Materials and Finishes in Mediterranean Healthcare Facilities
Artemis Kyrkou, Fani Vavili

047_Mathematical Models for Atypical Terracotta Infill Walls
Adriana Rossi, Umberto Palmieri

052_Material Identity Harmony Perception. New Solutions for Eco-oriented Building
Giuseppe Vaccaro

058_Living, Building, Recycling
Gigliola Ausiello, Enza Santoro

064_Resource Matter Material. Reuse as a Technical Option for Sustainable Design
Paola Altamura, Serena Baiani

071_Recovery and Re-use of Building Materials and Components in Architecture
Tiziana Firrone


078_A Semiotic Framework to Support Sustainable Design Inside Mediterranean Cities
Massimiliano Condotta


085_Bio-composite Materials in Architecture. An Hypothesis for an Indoor Vertical Partition power system
Claudia Balestra

086_Functional Refurbishment with Architectural Membranes
M. Rachel F. Macieira

087_Variability of Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Materials Affected by Humidity.
Veronica Vitiello


088_ Building in Mediterranean Region. Sustainable Technologies and Materials for Inhabiting. Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia
Paola De Joanna, Fani Vavili-Tsinika, Giancarlo Priori


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