ecological building Articles

  • Building a framework for strategic architecture to foster the development of industrial ecology

    Industrial ecology offers many opportunities to convert so-called waste into useful by-products and energy to save the use of virgin materials and nonrenewable resources. Most applications of industrial ecology are found on eco-industrial estates, but the concept has wide application at network and single or multiple building complex levels. Industrial ecology also has the potential to realise ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Russian Ecology Monitoring Market Analysis

    The report is available in Russian. Translated version (English) is available within 5 working days after the report’s purchase. Purpose of this report was to analyze market of ecology monitoring in Russia. The research is unique as this is the only product, describing the market of ecology monitoring in Russia. This report includes analysis of legal issues, main stages and description of ...

  • Sick-building syndrome and building-related illness

    Significant health problems linked to very poor indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor are more prevalent than anyone could have predicted. ...

  • What makes a building green?

    The terms "sustainable architecture", "green building" and "ecological design" have emerged, along with a host of similar permutations, in recent practice as environmentally friendly modes of design, construction and operation geared towards producing healthy enduring communities. However, the terms are still vague and lead to much ambiguity in their implementation. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Building Sustainable Sanitation Systems

    A low cost system of resource management such as composting toilets is helping to mitigate many of Haiti’s social and ecological challenges. The Caribbean Republic of Haiti — the poorest, most environmentally degraded country in the Western Hemisphere with a population of about 10 million — is a case study in forestry and soil fertility mismanagement. A colonial ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building a house like Lego

    Home show exhibitor builds houses out of cargo containers that can be assembled in just a few hours OTTAWA - Bernard Morin would like us to start thinking inside the box. If we did. he says, we could build homes more quickly, less expensively and a lot greener. Morin, along with his wife and business partner, Jocelyne Labelle, sells homes made from recycled maritime shipping ...

  • Ecological approaches in planning for sustainable cities: A review of the literature

    ABSTRACT Rapid urbanization has brought environmentally, socially, and economically great challenges to cities and societies. To build a sustainable city, these challenges need to be faced efficiently and successfully. This paper focuses on the environmental issues and investigates the ecological approaches for planning sustainable cities through a comprehensive review of ...


    By GJESM Journal

  • Industrial Ecology as a learning process in business strategy

    For Industrial Ecology to be successful, it will need to be adopted by many practitioners in industrial society, at different system levels (e.g. company, region, national). This paper adapts the technology transfer model developed by Seaton and Cordey-Hayes by combining it with the idea of industrial ecology as a learning process. The resulting model is applied at the company, network and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Bringing ecological economics into the regulatory process: the Manitoba experience

    Since 2002, ENGOs Time to Respect Earth's Ecosystems (TREE) and Resource Conservation Manitoba (RCM) have intervened half a dozen times before Manitoba's Clean Environment Commission (CEC) in an environmental assessment) and Public Utilities Board (PUB) (in rate hearings) in reviews of Manitoba's crown electricity and gas utilities and public insurance corporation. We offer this case study of our ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Suburban sprawl doesn’t have to be ecologically devastating

    As development gobbles up open space, conservationists take a fresh look at subdivisions with biodiversity in mind. Fort Collins, Colo., is a growing, vibrant college town with a typical American problem: Beyond its idyllic historic city center, cookie-cutter subdivisions are eating away at farm fields, ranches and forests. According to the ...


    By Ensia

  • Waste composting as a component of ecological waste management in the Philippines

    Ecological waste management (EWM) is a system of analyzing solid waste concerns and coming up with solutions that would not pose any harm to the environment. This would imply the use of technologies that are environmentally sound such as waste segregation, waste reduction at source, composting and recycling. Furthermore, this system ought to comply with the vision of sustainable ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • The social dimension of industrial ecology: on the implications of the inherent nature of social phenomena

    A substantial body of scientific literature has grown on the necessity, opportunities and attractiveness of industrial ecology strategies. In many cases, proponents claim combined ecological and economic gains. Yet, mainstreaming of industrial ecology practices shows slow progress. Theorists often use a simplified model of an actor's behaviour in society, stressing a 'single actor rational ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Bridging the gap to economic analysis: economic tools for industrial ecology

    A number of approaches have been suggested to combine MFA or LCA with economic analyses in order to build integrated models for development and evaluation of industrial ecology related strategies. This paper provides a systematic review in vision of a comprehensive modelling framework. It is focused on models using Process-based MFA either as modelling framework to integrate economic models or as ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Generating Ecological Gains from Hydro-Electric Power - Case Study

    NCC has worked with Eskom to mitigate the environmental impacts of the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme on a sensitive wetland site in the Little Drakensberg/Escarpment, including creating and managing a new conservation area. South Africa’s energy demand is growing at rates of around 5% a year, placing enormous pressure on Eskom not only to create new generating capacity, but also to manage ...

  • Intercalibration of Fish-based Methods to evaluate River Ecological Quality

    These groups started working immediately and have thus only had 6 months to gather and exchange national data, calculate metric scores and boundaries for national methods and common metrics and compare the results and draw conclusions. This report presents the outcome of the work in the groups and with the common data base. For the common approach at the European level using common metrics, ...


  • Building an index of site suitability for forest residue removal

    Evelyne Thiffault said she would address ecological issues, although she emphasized that she believes “producing bioenergy from forest biomass is a great idea.” Forest biomass has an ecological value that must be considered, she said. If forest residues are removed to produce bioenergy, then the forest system is deprived of carbon and nutrients, and “you will impact the forest ecosystem.” ...

  • Recycling Cellulose and Paper Waste as Admixture in Building Materials

    This paper present some utilities of cellulose waste and paper refuse in building construction and some physical and mechanical properties of concrete make with these wastes as activators. Refer to the importance of collection of paper and cardboard waste, it consider that recycling must present a development and integration instrument of local waste pickers, acceleration of politics concerning ...


  • Sustainable tall buildings: toward a comprehensive design approach

    This paper presents a comprehensive design approach to sustainable tall buildings development. It argues that the true efficiency and success of tall buildings are heightened by their overall relationship with their urban setting and infrastructure. Tall and supertall buildings are mini–cities and their social, economic, and environmental impacts extend throughout the neighbourhood and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integrating LCA Tools in Green Building Rating Systems

    Green building rating and certification systems are intended to foster more sustainable building design, construction and operations by ...

  • Best soil management practices for Washington building sites

    The Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC), which started the Soils for Salmon project in 1999, launched a new website, and a “Building Soil” outreach campaign to change standard building practices. The mission is to help builders and developers preserve and restore native soil on building sites, using compost. These soil “best management practices” (BMPs) will soon be required by local ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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