Ecological Building Materials

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Materials, and Repair & Renovation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2024 | Viewed by 1041

Special Issue Editors

LADICIM (Laboratory of Materials Science and Engineering), University of Cantabria, E.T.S. de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Av./Los Castros 44, 39005 Santander, Spain
Interests: concrete design; finite element; failure analysis; eco-friendly construction materials; recycled aggregates
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LADICIM (Laboratory of Materials Science and Engineering), University of Cantabria, E.T.S. de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Av./Los Castros 44, 39005 Santander, Spain
Interests: cementitious materials; concrete technology; recycled aggregates concrete; durability; sustainable concrete
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Modern society requires building materials and methods that are not only efficient and economical, but also, environmentally friendly. The research community must find the most Ecological Building Materials to meet this challenge, with the goal of creating materials with the same mechanical and durability properties as those of traditional materials, but with a lower environmental cost. There is a wealth of research on Ecological Building Materials, but it is crucial to highlight the most recent and relevant findings in a special publication to raise awareness and visibility.

This Special Issue is therefore dedicated to “Ecological Building Materials” and it intends to welcome contributions on, but not limited to, the following subjects:

  • Ecological concrete using recycled aggregates;
  • Ecological concrete using low-impact binders;
  • Ecological concrete using fibers;
  • Ecological concrete properties (mechanical, durability, rheology, etc.);
  • Ecological concrete expose to aggressive environments;
  • Structural design of ecological concrete;
  • Life cycle assessment of ecological concrete.

Dr. Jose A. Sainz-Aja
Dr. Carlos Thomas
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • ecological concrete
  • eco-efficient concrete
  • recycled aggregates
  • slags
  • low-impact binders
  • life cycle assessment

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The Effect of Untreated Dura-Palm Kernel Shells as Coarse Aggregate in Lightweight Pervious Concrete for Flood Mitigation
Buildings 2023, 13(7), 1588; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings13071588 - 23 Jun 2023
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Abstract
This research aimed at ascertaining the performance of raw dura species of Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) in comparison to a different species of PKS (tenera) as a replacement for known aggregates for pervious lightweight concrete. Using limestones as the known aggregates, control pervious [...] Read more.
This research aimed at ascertaining the performance of raw dura species of Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) in comparison to a different species of PKS (tenera) as a replacement for known aggregates for pervious lightweight concrete. Using limestones as the known aggregates, control pervious concrete was batched, and relevant tests were conducted. Major tests conducted on the composites concerned compressive, tensile, and flexural strength, as well as permeability, densities, and absorption. Logistic constraints on transporting the dura-PKS limited the quantity needed to ascertain the variety of replacements of the dura-PKS. With a 25% replacement known to be the most suitable ratio for related investigations, we adopted that ratio and compared to the extreme ratio of 100% dura-PKS. The tests revealed that a 100% replacement of known aggregates by the dura-PKS resulted in high porosity and permeability, although the resistances to compression, tension, and flexural loads read low for the same mixture. Instead, pervious concrete 25% of dura-PKS replacement yielded optimum water permeability rate and flexural and compressive stresses. However, the flakiness index recorded for the dura-PKS was almost half that of the tenera species and was not reflected in the mechanical properties as the results gave relatively lower strengths. The results in the case of the dura species do not differ significantly compared to the tenera-PKS in terms of strength and permeability. Full article
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