Basic Materials Definitions
This is a video loan from our ProfEd on Circular Building Products for a Sustainable Built Environment. Tillmann and Olga meet with Anne Beim head of CINARK, the center for Industrialized Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Anne talks about the Material Pyramid, a digital tool that classifies materials according to their CO2 impact in construction and another four impact parameters. After you have watched the video, please visit the Material Pyramid page and check out how it works. By using the left side menu you can select between the different parameters considered: notice that every time, the hierarchy of the materials on the pyramid changes. By double clicking on each material you are redirected to another page that illustrates each material separately along with its full list of characteristics derived from the EPD system.
What the Material Pyramid offers is an overview of the environmental performance of 60 materials currently used in construction extensively. Although the information on the platform cannot fully support the making of circular design decisions, it can be instrumental in choosing the right materials.