Sustainable Materials without the hot air

Sustainable Materials without the hot air : Making Buildings, Vehicles and Products Efficiently and with Less New Material

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Materials, transformed from natural resources into the buildings, equipment, vehicles and goods that underpin our remarkable lifestyle, are made with amazing efficiency. But our growing demand is not sustainable. This optimistic and richly-informed book evaluates all the options and explains how we can greatly reduce the amount of material demanded and used in manufacturing, while still meeting everyone's needs.

"Instead of the usual ya-boo about sustainability, this is a pragmatic guide to getting more value from less stuff. Researched with long-term co-operation from industry, it emphasizes facts and evidence but is aimed at a popular readership." - BBC News Magazine

"A valuable, impartial expert source in an important debate." - Boing Boing
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 195 x 223 x 24mm | 1,100g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 1906860300
  • 9781906860301
  • 465,964

Table of contents

Part 1: The World of Materials
1 Material wealth and health
2 Scale, uncertainty and estimation
3 Our uses of steel and aluminium
4 Metal journeys
5 Energy and emissions
6 Where does the money go?

Part 2: With one eye open
7 Energy efficiency
8 Opportunities for capturing heat
9 Novel process routes
10 Carbon sequestration
11 Future energy use and emissions

Part 3: With both eyes open
12 Using less metal by design
13 Reducing yield losses
14 Diverting manufacturing scrap
15 Re-using metal components
16 Longer life products
17 Reducing final demand
18 Options for change
19 Future energy use and emissions

Part 4: Other materials
20 Cement
21 Plastic
22 Paper

Part 5: Creating a sustainable material future
23 Business activity evaluation
24 The influence of policy
25 The actions of individuals
26 Half as much for twice as long
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Review quote

"An excellent book ... the message is clear and convincing: We can't go on using materials the way we have been for the past 150 years, but fortunately, we don't have to. We can meet the world's growing need for the stuff of modern life, avoid the worst effects of climate change, and preserve the environment for future generations." [Review of 1st Edition] -- Bill Gates, Gates Notes
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About Julian Allwood

Julian Allwood is a Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he leads the Low Carbon Materials Processing research group. Jonathan Cullen is University Lecturer in the University of Cambridge Engineering Department. They both have extensive practical experience working in the engineering industry, as well as taking part in numerous research projects.
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