Isolating the Tectonics of Insulation

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For decades, lowering the energy performance of buildings has been the main focus to reduce CO2 outlet. In time energy performance has almost become synonymous with a sustainable building culture and has primarily manifested itself in a rising amount of insulation in constructions. But new knowledge on material embedded energy indicates, that performance energy no longer is the main problem, but the materials used in construction is also represents a
significant amount of CO2. Energy performance as the main object had its legitimizations in the 70ies, where fossil fuels was the primary resource, but in a future with scarce materials and green(er) energy sources, the traditional method seems one-sided and old fashion. The positivistic models governing the methods on energy performance and insulation in constructions does not consider how other architectural aspects of the build environment might also help reduce
the general environmental impact. One might ask, if it is even possible for the building industry to take on the task of constructing a more sustainable building culture, without including a broader holistic view on building physics?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructures and Architecture: Bridging the Gap and Crossing Borders : Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2019), July 24-26, 2019, Lisbon, Portugal
EditorsPaulo J.S. Cruz
Number of pages8
PublisherCRC Press
Publication date2019
ISBN (Electronic)9781315229126
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventICSA 2019 - International Conference in Structures and Architecture, Lisbon - Universidad di Minho, Guimaraes, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 24 Jul 201926 Jul 2019
Conference number: 4


ConferenceICSA 2019 - International Conference in Structures and Architecture, Lisbon
LocationUniversidad di Minho, Guimaraes
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  • tectonic
  • Insulation
  • Vernacular architecture
  • comfort heating
  • sustainability, salvageability, reuse, design for dissambly

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