Comparative analysis of an existing public building made from natural building materials and reference buildings designed from common building materials

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The paper examines a public building constructed of partially natural materials and two imagined buildings with the same geometry, using LCC and LCA methods, with self-developed software. The imagined buildings were designed using the building materials and building mechanical systems commonly used in Hungary which fulfil the relevant energetic requirements in 2010 and in 2019. As a sensitivity analysis, the LCA performance of buildings was examined with residential building function. The paper introduces the environmental benefits that can be obtained with natural materials and with other tools in the case of the examined building. Based on the results, design strategies can be the phrase for the environmentally conscious design of buildings with similar scale and function.

Author: Medgyasszay, P


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The European Straw Building Association is an independent European association, devoid of any profit making motive. The object of the Association is to promote and develop the use of straw, as a sustainable way of building in all the senses of the term “sustainable”: renewable, ecological, healthy, energy and climate efficient, social and economic.
The Association is a federation composed of organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.