Sustainable Construction Techniques: From Structural Design to Interior Fit-out: Assessing and Improving the Environmental Impact of Buildings

From the Series: DETAIL Green Books

What makes building materials sustainable? How can we reduce how much “grey energy” is produced in the building process? And how does a Life Cycle Analysis work? These are questions which are becoming increasingly more common in the context of sustainable construction.

The DETAIL Green Book Sustainable construction techniques offers a thorough guide to ecological building design and sustainable construction methods, which will be particularly valuable for architects. The authors provide an overview of the most relevant databases and certification standards for building products and illustrate how a Life Cycle Analysis is conducted. They also identify key ways of optimising the planning process in line with ecological criteria, while offering advice for the selection of building materials and elements.

Detailed documentation from five buildings constructed in Europe and North America serve to illustrate the associated assessment processes in this book.

Selected From the Table of Contents:

  • Environmental objectives, criteria and assessment methods
  • Strategies for material use in the construction process
  • Environmental impacts of building components
  • Case Studies


Sebastian El khouli is at Bob Gysin + Partner BGP Architekten in Zürich. Viola John is from the ETH Zürich. Martin Zeumer is at ee concept in Darmstadt.

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