Research & Development in Material Science

Dimensions and Indicators for Sustainable Construction Materials: A Review

  • Open or Close Humphrey Danso*

    Department of Construction and Wood Technology, University of Education, Ghana

    *Corresponding author: Humphrey Danso, Department of Construction and Wood Technology, University of Education Winneba, P.O. Box 1277, Kumasi, Ghana

Submission: December 21, 2017; Published: February 19, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RDMS.2018.03.000568

ISSN: 2576-8840
Volume3 Issue4


Sustainable construction practices are provided to reduce resource depletion and prevent environmental degradation caused by construction activities and products. The purpose of this paper is to review the general and relevant available indicators for measuring sustainable construction materials. The paper outlines the main idea behind sustainability assessment. It also reviews the critical sustainability indicators which are grouped under the 3Es, thus environmental, social equity and economic dimensions. Furthermore, it highlights the analytical hierarchical process in sustainable construction materials assessment. The paper concludes that it is important to identify the relevant sustainable indicators for construction materials and be able to measure the indicators following the analytical hierarchical process.

Keywords: Construction materials; Sustainable construction; Sustainable indicators

Get access to the full text of this article