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Eco-efficient Construction and Building Materials provides essential reading about materials for the construction industry in the twenty-first century. It covers the latest findings in the field, especially the toxicity aspects, embodied energy, construction and demolition wastes, the use of wastes in concrete, masonry units, materials reinforced with vegetable fibres, earth construction, the durability aspects, and also the importance... more...

In the past, toxicity aspects have been a field outside the boundaries of the construction industry, with its practitioners belonging to the realm of health professionals. That is why architects, civil engineers and other professionals involved in the construction industry have so little knowledge about this area. Therefore, a new approach to building materials is needed-a more integrative one that is capable of joining the best efforts... more...