Voluntary guidelines and sustainable building code

Maiellaro, Nicola and Zito, Vincenzo (2000) Voluntary guidelines and sustainable building code. In: The Human Being and the City. Towards a Human and Sustainable Development, 6-8 September 2000, Napoli. (Unpublished)


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Research indicates our environment is deteriorating. Buildings account for a large part of the problem, because they consume large amount of raw materials, natural resources and energy; moreover, useful materials are discarded as waste. By rethinking the way buildings are designed, constructed, operated and maintained, building professionals and their clients can slow damage to the environment. Yet building codes, which powerfully influence every aspect of the design and construction of buildings, ignore resources issues and environmental impacts of resource acquisition or depletion, transportation, manufacturing and disposal after use, as well as embodied energy of materials and their contribution to global climate change. If we truly believe that the preservation of health and safety is the real and legitimate purpose of building codes, then we must achieve sustainable building code, to have buildings that meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Establishing environmental sustainability as a practical solution to problems communities face is a process requiring social acceptance and understanding. Guidelines that address the aforesaid problems at every phase of a building project are an intermediate step towards sustainable building code: in fact, the guidelines do not require radical changes but ask designers and clients to integrate environmental concerns (i.e. sustainability) into the development of a project. Projects incorporating sustainability must address people’s natural resistance to change (undoubtedly sustainability requires thought and added time), and to consider that, by far, the benefits outweigh the costs. This paper examines the current status of voluntary agreement in Italy in relation to building codes and suggest a preliminary voluntary technical guideline, taking into account that specific tools are needed to support building professionals and clients.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: voluntary guidelines, building code, sustainable building.
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 620 Ingegneria e attivita' affini > 628 Ingegneria sanitaria; Urbanistica tecnica; Tecnologia della tutela ambientale
Depositing User: arch Vincenzo Zito
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 20 May 2010 12:03
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/1395

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