The Construction Material Pyramid: ‘Initial impact assessment’ as a methodical change in architectural design

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Abstract

This article aims to discuss the methodical change in architectural design processes when using a new tool as the Construction Material Pyramid (CMP), which offers basic environmental data visualized as dynamic hierarchies. Based on the food pyramid’s graphical language, a digital version of the Construction Material Pyramid has been developed. The digital version of the Construction Material Pyramid enables a comparison of e.g., CO2 emissions between different categories of materials or between material types within the same category. It is also possible to compare and relate different kinds of environmental impacts across the different sorts of materials. It thus offers a tangible, interactive calculation tool and at the same time it opens up for a dialogue about more detailed studies of the materials’ position in the pyramid and later their place in the project design. The idea is to provide a simple way to gain a quick overview of the relative sustainability of the individual building materials.
Translated title of the contributionByggeriets Materialepyramide: Indledende vurdering af påvirkning, som ændret metode i arkitektonisk design
Original languageEnglish
Publication date28 Feb 2021
Number of pages1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Feb 2021
EventICSA - International Conference on Structures and Architecture 2022, Aalborg University - Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 6 Jun 20228 Jun 2022
Conference number: 5
https://www.icsa2022.create.aau.dk/

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ConferenceICSA - International Conference on Structures and Architecture 2022, Aalborg University
Number5
LocationAalborg Universitet
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period06/06/202208/06/2022
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