About the book
The main objective of this book is to show the different benefits of using materials of construction within a sustainable context. As these benefits can be environmental, economic or social, the materials of construction are assessed with different tools and methods. Thereby, the assessments are carried out in terms of design, structure, thermal comfort, life cycle, greenhouse gases mitigation and social development, among many others, considering social, architectural and engineering aspects. Therefore, the technical feasibility, affordability and penetration upon the society, mainly, are analyzed for their correct installation and performance. Furthermore, various approaches are considered to assess the implementation and performance of the materials considering different aspects such as occupants, government, private companies and climate conditions. Moreover, the approaches can be analyzed at different levels of the society, from a single dwelling, using tools such as building simulation and experimental analysis, to an urban level, using approaches such as a top-down and bottom-up studies.