Natural Stabilized Earth Panels versus Conventional Façade Systems. Economic and Environmental Impact Assessment
AbstractMore effective construction technologies are needed nowadays in order to reduce construction energy consumption during the life-cycle of buildings. Besides which, it is necessary to consider the economic feasibility and associated costs within the framework of these alternative technologies so as to favouring their practical implementation in the construction sector. In this sense, this paper presents an economic and environmental comparison of a new non-bearing façade construction solution based on the extruded unfired stabilized clay panels as opposed to three traditional solutions with similar physical, thermal, and aesthetic characteristics in terms of the exterior cladding. The proposed panels are a sandwich type configuration with an intermediate insulating material and two exterior pieces manufactured by extrusion with raw earth stabilized with alginate and animal wool fibers. In this paper, details of the constructive technology of the system are provided. From the results obtained, it is possible to conclude that the solution is a valid alternative from the environmental point of view, considerably reducing the Global Warming Potential and the Cumulative Energy Demand. And although the environmental improvement of the system can be considered the primary objective of this investigation, on the other hand, once executed, it will also be a competitive constructive technology from the perspective of the system’s final costs. View Full-Text
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Galán-Marín, C.; Martínez-Rocamora, A.; Solís-Guzmán, J.; Rivera-Gómez, C. Natural Stabilized Earth Panels versus Conventional Façade Systems. Economic and Environmental Impact Assessment. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1020.
Galán-Marín C, Martínez-Rocamora A, Solís-Guzmán J, Rivera-Gómez C. Natural Stabilized Earth Panels versus Conventional Façade Systems. Economic and Environmental Impact Assessment. Sustainability. 2018; 10(4):1020.Chicago/Turabian Style
Galán-Marín, Carmen; Martínez-Rocamora, Alejandro; Solís-Guzmán, Jaime; Rivera-Gómez, Carlos. 2018. "Natural Stabilized Earth Panels versus Conventional Façade Systems. Economic and Environmental Impact Assessment." Sustainability 10, no. 4: 1020.
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