Utilizing relationships between ecosystem services, built environments, and building materials

Maibritt Pedersen Zari,    Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand


This chapter introduces the concept of ecosystem services in relation to the built environment and examines materials as parts of whole ecosystems. A ranked list of key places for change in the built environment, along with which ecosystem services should be focused on in a built environment context is presented. The chapter concludes that the potential for profound positive change in terms of ecological impact, and in how built environments and the materials within them are designed, specified, valued, built, and used is apparent, if an understanding of ...

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