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Sustainability 2010, 2(2), 400-427; doi:10.3390/su2020400
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Sustainable Non-Metallic Building Materials

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Received: 7 December 2009 / Accepted: 18 January 2010 / Published: 27 January 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Sustainability and the Built Environment)
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Abstract

Buildings are the largest energy consumers and greenhouse gases emitters, both in the developed and developing countries. In continental Europe, the energy use in buildings alone is responsible for up to 50% of carbon dioxide emission. Urgent changes are, therefore, required relating to energy saving, emissions control, production and application of materials, use of renewable resources, and to recycling and reuse of building materials. In addition, the development of new eco-friendly building materials and practices is of prime importance owing to the growing environmental concerns. This review reflects the key tendencies in the sector of sustainable building materials of a non-metallic nature that have occurred over the past decade or so.
Keywords: sustainability; sustainable buildings; construction; building materials sustainability; sustainable buildings; construction; building materials
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