In order to clarify the notion of “green design” or clever building from the material’s point of view – on the basis of which ecological building components are studied – we shall briefly cite the principles of “green design”. An effort is made to ensure that newly developed building materials do not have a negative impact on the environment. They should aim in playing a positive, constructive role in the ecosystem. Nevertheless, since there is no such thing as ideal materials, the engineer must use innovative building materials, capable of fully or partially meeting the following parameters:
- ✔ Minimum energy incorporated in the materials, as a result and in relation to the production and transportation process
- ✔ The product’s capacity to recycle, thus to be reused
- ✔ The choice of material’s life span
- ✔ The control of materials’ toxicity
It is evident that the environmental impact of short life span materials is much bigger than the impact of long life span ones, such as ceramic building products made of clay .
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A load-bearing wall is the one bearing the weights of the construction. In this case, the brick is not only a “filling” material of the masonry, but also supports the construction and reinforces its seismic design.
Depending on the purpose served by a certain type of masonry, it is classified under one of the following categories:
Load – bearing, in case it constitutes the structure ( or even part of it ) of a building and sustains important loads
Non Load – bearing, when it is only used to fill the blanks between structural components, while usually the structure of the building has been constructed by another material (e.g. armed concrete)
Decorative, when it is used to cover other surfaces for decorative reasons or even for insulation purposes .