Low Environmental Impact Building with
and Lime-Based Alternative Mass Composites
opportunity in low environmental impact building is to provide floor &
wall elements using environmentally benign constituents as innovative composites.
Social, communal buildings & dwellings are targeted. Layered composites
will be developed, having lime-based compression zones & processed timber
in tension. Managed forest resources will be utilised.
Conventional Portland cement-based timber-concrete composites have a high
energy content & a poor life cycle environmental audit. Lime-based materials
have sustainable environmental advantages and further attractions for small
rural community groups & associated Small and Medium Enterprises (SME's).
EU has supported a scoping study by Gaia Architects to look at opportunities
to : -
the design, manufacture & building principles of "non-benign"
life cycle audits & economic benefit comparisons.
innovative, safe & clean, construction-codifiable building elements
- Timber and Mass Composites (TMCs) using lime mortars & wood.
social & communal building needs in remoter regions of EU.
The main deliverable is a "Resource Guide for TMCs" directed to
owners & operators of such buildings, plus their professional advisors.
study follows from work on composites undertaken by Gaia Research and Gaia
Architects during a European study into the use of Roundpole
in Construction. The new project will be undertaken with Scottish, Finnish
and Spanish Partners.
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