Improving building technologies with a sustainable strategy

Paulina Faria, Paulo Carneiro, Alina Jerónimo, Vitor Silva, Fernando Cartaxo

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In recent years it has been noticed the progressive disappearance of vernacular sustainable building technologies all over the world mainly due to a strong urban rehabilitation process with modern technologies not compatible with ancient knowledge. Simultaneously new dwellings are needed all over the world and in this sense it was decided to study an ecological and cost-controlled building technology of monolithic walls that can combine the use of low carbon footprint materials, such as earth, fibres and lime using an invasive species: giant reed cane (Arundo Donax). This paper explains the development of this building technology through testing diverse prototypes. (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829–840
JournalProcedia - Social And Behavioral Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventConference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) - Lecce, Italy
Duration: 14 Oct 201516 Oct 2015


  • ecologic building technology
  • earth construction
  • social inclusion
  • heritage
  • innovation


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