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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Timber Structures & Environmental Compatibility

Are today's design and construction practices more environmentally compatible?

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Timber Structures & Environmental Compatibility
  • Pages: 8
  • Title: Are today's design and construction practices more environmentally compatible?
  • Author(s): Petr Vegh
  • Keywords: environmental compatibility, environmental pollution, embodied energy
Abstract
The environmental pollution of the atmosphere, soil and water resulted from the rapid and uncontrolled growth of industry and population which took place in the decades after the Second World War and in a variety of forms still continues until the present day. This growing pollution prompted new trends in engineering and architecture which would attempt to address the problems associated with these negative impacts on the environment. Since approximately the mid 1990s various initiatives and measures have been put forth in an attempt to make current construction practices more environmentally compatible or, as the terms are sometimes used, sustainable or 'greener'. The paper examines some aspects of three three structural systems widely used in Canada and the US as well as selected design and construction practices currently used in Canada and attempts to discuss how and if their Environmental Compatibility has changed and potentially improved since the 1990s.

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