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Special Issue "Sustainability in Construction Materials"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2023 | Viewed by 661

Special Issue Editors

Engineering School, Merchant Marine Academy of Crete, 73200 Chania, Greece
Interests: construction materials; cement chemistry; geopolymers; valorization of wastes in building materials; materials characterization and testing
Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 19000 Prague, Czech Republic
Interests: cement chemistry; concrete technology; durability of cement-based materials in corrosive environments; microstructural analysis; supplementary cementing materials; magnesium phosphate cements; alkali-activated binders; self-healing; cultural heritage building materials
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Dear Colleagues,

The construction sector, one of the pillars of the global economy, still follows the “make–take–dispose” concept. Indeed, the construction sector accounts for a large consumption of raw materials for use in manufacturing of building products and components, adding significant amounts of energy and greenhouse gas emissions to the life cycle of the buildings. However, the scarcity of natural resources, the high energy demand of production processes and the high rate of waste landfilling indicate the imperative need of transforming the construction industry to follow the concepts of sustainability and circularity.

In view of the aforementioned, this Special Issue aims to collect innovative research findings involving advances in sustainable construction materials and their characterization, less energy consuming production processes of construction materials, different waste streams valorization in the production of building products, methodologies of minimizing the environmental impact in the building sector, efficient methods of recycling and reusing in the construction, as well as innovative technologies for improving the performance and service life of the construction materials.

Sustainability is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly, peer-reviewed, and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. It provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, and is published semimonthly online by MDPI.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Kioupis
Dr. Konstantinos Sotiriadis
Guest Editors

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  • construction materials
  • geopolymers
  • innovative technologies
  • reuse and recycle
  • wastes valorisation
  • characterization and testing
  • life cycle analysis
  • carbon footprint
  • durability

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Perlite and Rice Husk Ash Re-Use As Fine Aggregates in Lightweight Aggregate Structural Concrete—Durability Assessment
Sustainability 2023, 15(5), 4217; - 26 Feb 2023
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 504
In this paper, perlite mining and rice production by-products, namely run-of-mine perlite and rice husk ash, are used as fine aggregates in combination with pumice and calcareous aggregates to produce lightweight concrete. Their use is evaluated mainly in terms of the durability of [...] Read more.
In this paper, perlite mining and rice production by-products, namely run-of-mine perlite and rice husk ash, are used as fine aggregates in combination with pumice and calcareous aggregates to produce lightweight concrete. Their use is evaluated mainly in terms of the durability of the concrete, by comparing four optimized lightweight concrete mixtures of similar density and strength with a reference one of normal weight. The sorptivity due to capillary sorption, open porosity, chloride migration, penetration resistance, and freeze and thaw response were studied to evaluate the durability of the lightweight concrete. According to the experimental results, the examined mixtures developed an adequate strength in order to be classified into strength classes greater than LC25/28 and, therefore, be used in structural applications. The durability of the mixtures was also sufficient, especially as far as the chlorides’ penetration resistance is concerned, which was found to be up to 39% lower compared to the reference mixture. The sorptivity and open porosity of the LWC mixtures increased due to the porous nature of the lightweight aggregates, and the mixtures were also found to be susceptible to freeze and thaw cycles. Exceptionally, the lightweight concrete mixtures comprising pumice and perlite exhibited a lower sorptivity and resistance to chloride penetration than the standard concrete and a promising tolerance to freezing and thawing. Thus, the optimized combination of pumice and perlite is a sustainable recommendation for structural lightweight concrete production and use, promoting the wider exploitation of natural aggregates with an acceptable compromise on strength and durability. Full article
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