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Indoor environment control with functional mortars

Indoor environment control with functional mortars

Lucas, S.S. (2014) Indoor environment control with functional mortars. In: Brown, Jerri, (ed.) Titanium Dioxide: Chemical Properties, Applications and Environmental Effects. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, USA, pp. 21-48. ISBN 9781633213913

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In developed countries, people spend most of the time inside buildings, either their offices or houses. Indoor air quality has a strong impact on wellbeing since unhealthy or uncomfortable environments can cause illness and low productivity. The selection of materials that contribute to improve indoor air quality improves significantly the building quality and sustainability. Mortars, because they are one of the most commonly used
materials, represent a strong environmental impact in construction. Preparing mortars with new and innovative functionalities, that promote energy savings and increase air quality, help to develop buildings with better environmental performance. However, adding a new functionality comprises the introduction of new additives into the mortar matrix, causing microstructural modifications that influence fresh and hardened state
properties. Adding new additives always imply a compromise between functionality and durability. In this chapter, was investigated the introduction of a photocatalytic additive
and a phase change material, in single and binary formulations. Latent heat storage, selfcleaning and depolluting properties were studied and the impact of the additives in the mortar final properties was assessed. This chapter proved that functional mortars maintain good fresh and hardened state properties improving sustainability in new and historical buildings.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Chapter 2.
Uncontrolled Keywords: indoor environment control, functional mortars
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENG)
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