|About this Abstract
||2018 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Integrative Materials Design III: Performance and Sustainability
||“Alternative” Materials in the Green Building and Construction Sector: Examples, Barriers, and Environmental Analysis
||Gabrielle Gaustad, Adam Stoker, Kate Krueger
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
The construction, use and demolition of buildings carry enormous environmental burdens. As one step to reduce a building’s environmental impact, green building design guidelines and certification programs promote the specification of alternative, non-traditional building materials. Alternative materials carry a variety of potential benefits including reduced energy, healthier indoor environments, diversion of waste, and reduction of scarce resource use. However, a lack of clarity surrounds alternative materials and creates a barrier to their usage. Through a survey of green building programs and guidelines, existing literature on alternative materials, and life-cycle assessment using multiple inventory databases, this study tackles the following questions: a) what constitutes an alternative building material, b) what are the current barriers to their specification, c) how are they specified in the most common design guidelines, and d) do alternative building materials present a “greener” alternative?
||Planned: Supplemental Proceedings volume