Introduction to Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities
Modern humans spend 90% of our time indoors. This fact led Sir Winston Churchill to observe “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”. Similarly, many people in the era of global climate change have ideas about how to reduce the energy needed to operate our buildings, keep them comfortable, and power the activities they shelter – for example, innovating efficient appliances, turning off lights, or installing thermally insulating windows and doors. However, most people don’t yet realise buildings are responsible for 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide – more than transportation, industry, or any other sector – when we also account for the ‘embodied’ emissions from extracting, processing, assembling, and disposing of construction materials. More importantly, most people don’t yet see that simple natural materials like wood, bamboo, and earth offer incredible opportunities for turning this challenge into an opportunity to both safeguard the planet and improve our quality of life.
Introduction to Advanced Ecological Buildings & Biocities
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- Why should emerging designers, architects, and engineers be equally concerned with the materials their buildings are made from as how those buildings look or how they work?
- Why is the use of wood, or more specifically engineered timber products, such a promising pathway for future buildings - even large buildings in cities?
- What are the main risks or challenges associated with increasing the amount of bio-based materials used in buildings, and how can they be avoided or mitigated?
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