The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal

ISSN: 1874-8368 ― Volume 13, 2019

Life-time Material Effectiveness Analysis of Building Components

The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal , 2008, 2: 166-169

Arto Saari

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Dept. of Structural Engineering and Building Technology, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

Electronic publication date 28/8/2008
[DOI: 10.2174/1874836800802010166]

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The paper compares the life-time material effectiveness of five exterior walls used to build residential buildings. Effectiveness was measured by the MIPS method. The five exterior walls compared were: 1) a precast concrete wall, 2) a brick and concrete wall, 3) a brick and timber wall, 4) a timber wall, and 5) a straw wall. Expected service life of the exterior wall was 100 years. The precast concrete wall will consume about twice as much material over its 100-year lifespan as a wooden wall. The length of the service life of a wall affects the material effectiveness of concrete and brick walls significantly.

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