The Ecology of Building Materials explores key questions surrounding sustainability of building materials. It provides technical data to enable design and building professionals to choose the most appropriate materials for a project: those that are least polluting, most energy efficient, and from sustainable sources. The book also gives information and guidance on a wide range of issues such as recycling, detailing for increased durability and Life Cycle Analysis.

Berge’s book, translated from the Norwegian by Chris Butters and Filip Henley, offers safe and environmentally friendly material options. It provides an essential and easy-to-use reference guide to this complex subject for the building industry professional.

New to this edition:
• Thorough exploration of building materials in relation to climate change issues
• Extensive updating of basic data, as well as the introduction of a wide range of new materials
• Methods for recycling and reuse of materials
• More information on the interaction between materials and the indoor environment, ventilation and energy use
• Full colour text and user-friendly larger format

Bjørn Berge is a practicing architect, researcher and lecturer. Since the 1970s, he has written several books on building ecology for the Scandinavian public. He is one of the founders of Gaia Architects who have developed a wide range of pioneering techniques in sustainable building.

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Part 1 Environmental profi les and criteria for assessment

chapter 1|26 pages


chapter 2|20 pages


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Further reading for part one

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Part 2 Raw materials and basic materials

chapter 5|3 pages

Water and air 67


chapter 6|35 pages


chapter 7|11 pages


chapter 8|20 pages

Soil materials

chapter 9|18 pages

Fossil oils

chapter 10|23 pages


chapter 11|3 pages

Materials of animal origin

chapter 12|3 pages

Industrial by-products 185

ByIndustrial gypsum

chapter |1 pages

Further reading for part two

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Part 3 Building materials

chapter 13|48 pages

Structural materials

chapter 14|60 pages

Climatic materials

chapter 15|57 pages

Surface materials

chapter 16|11 pages

Windows, doors and stairs

chapter 17|12 pages

Fixings and connections

chapter 18|27 pages

Paint, varnish, stain and wax

chapter 19|10 pages

Impregnating agents, and how to avoid them

chapter |2 pages

Further reading for part three