Designing Model House Based on the Cradle-To-Cradle Methodology

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Mozambique is currently experiencing strong growth mainly as a result of the exploration of natural resources, particularly natural gas (Direcção Especifica do Ministério da Planificação e Desenvolvimento, 2013). Strong growth has led to an increasingly rapid urbani-zation phenomenon that coupled with the absence of environmental concerns. As a developing country, Mozambique should embrace a new building process based on the Cradle-to-Cradle model to respond to the needs of the population and at the same time encompass the three di-mensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The model is based on the resource management and evaluation of environmentally harmful gases from materials since its production stage and during its life cycle through a construction closed-loop and a waste=food concept (Braungart & Mcdonough, 2009). The materials are considered nutrients for the production of new materials without downcycle. This article proposes a design process methodology based on the Cradle-to-Cradle model to better respond to the population’s needs, ensuring adequate housing for the community.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationSustainable Buildings Portugal - SB13
Pages825- 836
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
EventSB13 Portugal -
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …


ConferenceSB13 Portugal
Period1/01/13 → …

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