Sustainable Building Materials Guided by Ecological Wisdom to Combat Environmental Issues

Mengmeng Li, Varenyam Achal

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


Developing an ecology of construction is very important step to achieve sustainability in infrastructures that requires adopting ecological principles while choosing building materials. Nature provides some insights into sustainability in the built environment for sustainable construction. However, it is very important to know the concept of ecological wisdom that prevails in nature to get concept of sustainability in the built environment. Ecosystems are the source of important lessons and models for transitioning built environment onto sustainable path that opens option for sustainable building material to construct new infrastructures to fulfill the demand of growing population. Increasing needs for environmental protection has attracted the scientific community to develop building materials with less adverse impact on the environment. The use of plant-based materials or supplementary cementitious materials in concrete can reduce the environmental impacts of concrete and thus provide an option as sustainable building material. Microbial carbonate precipitation is another promising way of emulating nature’s sustainable ways that act as building material. The various building materials discussed in this article promote green buildings leading to energy and carbon emission reduction and demonstrate the scope for carbon mitigation options in the construction sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcological Wisdom
EditorsBo Yang, Robert Fredrick Yong
PublisherSpringer Singapore
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-0571-9
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-0570-2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Sustainability
  • Building materials
  • Ecological wisdom
  • Cement
  • Earth construction


Dive into the research topics of 'Sustainable Building Materials Guided by Ecological Wisdom to Combat Environmental Issues'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this