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ORMA Sintesi della relazione

Project ID: EVK4-CT-2000-30003
Finanziato nell'ambito di: FP5-EESD
Paese: United Kingdom

Eco-design tool to perform materials selection

Granta Design has developed a tool to select building materials based on both technical architectural materials properties and also environmental impact properties, as established from Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) performed by the Politecnico di Torino.

The development of this project deliverable marks an extension of the well-established materials selection methodology of Professor Mike Ashby (Cambridge University, Dept of Engineering) from general engineering applications into the specific field of architecture. To achieve this, the database that the methodology is based on has been tailored to focus on building materials and properties - these are somewhat different from those of typical engineering materials.

Another new concept of this database is that the environmental consequences of using a particular material for an application throughout its whole life cycle are considered on an equal footing with its technical and mechanical properties.

The software and database have been developed to release standard, and will shortly be available for purchase by any planners, architects and builders for use in designing constructions. This software and database may be distributed in conjunction with an eco-design book to be completed after the ORMA project, produced by Politecnico di Torino. Granta Design is also investigating the future development of the database into a more extensive architecture-teaching tool.

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