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IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints


IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: Environmentally Compatible Structures

Environmentally compatible structures: a case for shell and spatial structures

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Environmentally Compatible Structures
  • Title: Environmentally compatible structures: a case for shell and spatial structures
  • Author(s): Petr VEGH
  • Keywords: Environmentally Compatible Structures, Environmental Pollution, Design Characteristic, Embodied and Operational Energy
Abstract
The intent of this paper is to contribute to enhancing the case for shell and spatial structures as a very suitable structural type and basis for the design and execution of Environmentally Compatible Structures (ECS). Specifically, the attributes of shell and spatial structures are discussed in the context of the so called Design Characteristics (DCHs). A special focus of the discussion is the reduction of the energy consumed during a lifecycle of a building. Among various other factors that need to be addressed in order to build and operate an environmentally compatible structure, the reduction of energy that is consumed by a structure over its entire lifetime is currently considered to be one of the most important factors. As a structural type, shell and spatial structures can help designers and builders achieve not only more energy efficient buildings but also address a variety of other factors that may contribute to the overall environmental compatibility of a structure.

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