The Ecology of Building Materials was originally published in Norwegian in 1992, and therefore the first English edition appeared in 2000.
The book you’ve got before you now represents a comprehensive revision; it’s been updated within the light of latest materials, knowledge and practical experience accumulated during the past decade.
If the number of data produced during these years is anything to travel by, environmental questions haven’t been higher on the international agenda.
The issue of global climate change has played a central role, with successive and increasingly alarming reports from the International Panel on global climate change (IPCC).
Whilst keeping to an equivalent basic structure, the book has been considerably expanded. especially this is applicable to climate related issues.
The wealth of data now available has also made it possible to boost the overall level of precision in many areas.
like the previous edition, it’s still the essential intention that this book shall function a reference , instead of being read from cover to hide . Some overlapping and repetition has therefore been necessary.
Whilst Filip Henley translated the primary edition, the interpretation of this edition has been undertaken by my colleague in Gaia Oslo,
Chris Butters, whose knowledge and knowledge within the field of building ecology is exceptionally broad.
He has also contributed with suggestions and additions that are integrated into this text.
My colleague Dag Roalkvam, also in Gaia Lista, has contributed similarly within the sector of building physics where he’s a recognised expert;
and Rolf Jacobsen of Gaia Tjøme within the field of construction in straw and earth, one among his specialities.
I also wish to renew my because of others who have contributed to earlier editions of this work, including Frederica Miller, Howard Liddell, Varis Bokalders, Jørn Siljeholm,
Hans Granum, Arne Næss, Karls Georg Høyer, Geir Flatabø, Per Richard Neeb, Odd Øvereng and Tom Heldal. during this remake , illustrations are substantially upgraded and are provided from many sources;
especially I wish to thank Anne Sigrid Nordby, Alice Reite, Rolf Jacobsen, Sergio G. Fox, Bertil Harstrom, € Rod Ward Able, Dag Roalkvam, Camilla Høyem, Inga Lindstrøm and Anette Rosenberg.
Introduction to Ecology of Building Materials
I object! I don’t agree that the world and everything that exists on her shall be defined by the law as man’s living environment.
the world and every one that’s hers, may be a special being which is older, larger and stronger than us. allow us to therefore give her equal rights and write that down within the constitution and altogether other laws which will come…
A new legal and moral status is required where Nature herself can veto us through her own delegates…
One must constitute the proper of all things to be themselves; to be an equal with Nature, that’s totally unarmed; had best out of it during a human way and only in accordance with their own nature.
this suggests that one must not ever use a tree as a gallows, albeit both its form and material fit the aim excellently…
What practical consequences should a law like this have? Before all economic considerations, this law would decide that nothing are going to be destroyed or severely damaged,
all outstanding natural forms, landscape characteristics and naturally linked areas shall remain untouched.
No economic or leisure concern shall be developed at the value of nature, or worsen the living conditions of man and other beings. Everything that man wants to try to to within the future,
he must do at his own cost and together with his own strength. As a results of this law we may return to old methods of production or discover new ones which don’t violate the law.
The manufacturing society will crumble and multiply, the meaningless superfluity of comparable products on the planet market will subside to the local market, independent of transcontinental connections.