Sustainable construction: can wood be a better alternative to concrete? a feasibility study on the effective uses of wood in low-rise modern construction.

Laghrib, Chaimaa (2015) Sustainable construction: can wood be a better alternative to concrete? a feasibility study on the effective uses of wood in low-rise modern construction. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Sustainable construction is one of the responses to the environmental challenges of the 21st century. It is obvious that wood construction is more ecological and sustainable than concrete, yet we are still using concrete in most of the new constructions. This piece of research aims to discuss this issue and inverse the situation in favour of wood by focusing on the comfort of the occupants in low-rise buildings.
    The study will also discuss the costing, the construction process and the environmental impacts of wooden and concrete buildings. The comfort of the residents will be looked into through two different aspects: the physical and the psychological aspects. Furthermore, the safety of the occupants regarding fire incidents will be considered as well. These features are being studied in order to contrast wood with other building materials and prove that wood can be the most suitable choice in some types of buildings. The study will end by showing the limitations of the use of wood in modern construction.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 14:43
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 14:43
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18866

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