Recent findings

Sustainability-related quality of lightweight concrete masonry –

Sustainability continues to be a key socio-economic development trend with particular relevance to the construction and property sectors. In the building materials and construction supplier industries, this trend is becoming evident, for instance, because of the rapid, ongoing increase in the number of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) [1] and the continuous improvement and completion of related databases with sustainability indicators [2]. This development is essentially driven by a changed definition of quality: traditional characteristics such as (technical) quality and price are...

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