Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

Sustainable Mediterranean Construction



Georgia Cheirchanteri


green materials, green product design, industrial design, green technology, polymer

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Materials are the essence of economic life in industrial world including the resource inputs and the product outputs of industrial production. A major concern of today’s society is the imminent depletion of natural resources derived from fossil fuels. When 300 Mt of polymers are used annually in the form of plastics, usually derived from fossil fuels, the need to find new materials on the basis of renewable resources is more than necessary. Furthermore, various regulations are nudging green design concepts to the forefront of many designers’ and product developers’ minds. So, several European countries require manufacturers to take products back from consumers at the end of the product’s life, creating an incentive for manufacturers to design products for easy recycling or reuse. The initial research and design phase is the first and best time to start a product down the path of reduced environmental impact. Green materials fit better within ecosystem practices, helping create eco-friendly, recyclable and biodegradable materials, developing a better relationship of practice and donation to a serviced based economy. Due to the properties, non-toxic, organic and recycling, green materials are widely used in various industrial applications. Also, they can be categorized as natural materials, plastics, ceramics and composite materials, and they are extensively utilized in building constructions materials.Green materials product design, known as the Design for the Environment (DfE), is the design for eco-efficiency and sustainable design of the product. It is a dynamic business approach to address environmental issues in the early stages of the product development process in order to minimize negative environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of the product. In this study, green materials and their applications are reviewed, being the future of a green product design.


SMC N.09 2019



003_ VIEW_Green: the new challenge of living
Paola De Joanna



008_ The role of greenery in healtcare facilities for children
Artemis Kyrkou

013_Rethinking the green. Technical implementations, bioclimatic involvements and technological perspectives of greenery in Architecture
Valentina Frighi

018_The vegetation as a constant in the Mediterranean cultural landscape
Francisco Pérez Gallego

030_By using GIS technologies into the relationship between urban green and the social and built environment of the Municipality of Pozzuoli
Barbara Cardone, Ferdinando Di Martino, Salvatore Sessa

034_The configurational approach to measure the impact of green spaces on urban landscape
Valerio Di Pinto

040_Green building/infrastructure system with manifacturing/distribution strategy
Pliny Fisk III, Brittany M. Faulkner

044_The role of vegetation in the mechanism of absorption and acoustic isolation
Luca Buoninconti

049_Sensorium | Five senses interaction center. Green and smart healthcare facility
Tasos Tyrimos, Evangelos Chryafidis, Aliki Ralli, Marianna Pontiki

057_When the green enters the buildings: the beneficial impact on users
Ilaria Oberti, Michela Lecci

062_Green in hospital – The necessity
Fotini Daskayanni

066_Visions, perceptions and benefits of natural green
Giuseppe Vaccaro

073_What it means to plant a tree
Gigliola Ausiello, Enza Santoro

079_A method for the ecological use of vegetation in the built environment
Mauirizio Sibilla, Anna Barbati

086_Green materials and applications, the future for a green product design
Georgia Chieirchanteri

093_Integrated methodologies for the knowledge and regeneration of the Paestum site. The role of the nature between the temples and the sea
Riccardo Florio, Raffaele Catuogno, Teresa Della Corte

102_The forest as a tool to regenerate urban and sub-urban environments
Christina Conti, Giovanni La Varra, Ambra Pecile

107_Green interventions for reconnecting urban liminal spaces. Two experiences in research and teaching
Filippo Angelucci, Claudia Di Girolamo

112_Techno-functional green-lines. Comparing urban experiences
Rossella Franchino, Caterina Frettoloso, Francesca Muzzillo, Antonella Violano

120_Frontiers of green architecture
Sonia Capece, Camelia Chivaran

127_+4°C. Green design and extreme climate change
Federico Orsini

132_Green walls as nature-based solutions for urban and building resilience: a case study
Silvia Tedesco, Elena Montacchini, Roberto Giordano, Federica Larcher

137_Rooftop farming in Buenos Aires: nature-based solutions for urban resilience
Francesca De Filippi, Francesca Letizia, Emanuela Saporito

142_Green-algae resilient architecture
Antonella Violano, Monica Cannaviello

150_Sustainable technologies for bioregionalist architecture. Regulatory aspects and pilot experiences
Luca Buoninconti, Paola De Joanna, Giuseppe Vaccaro


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