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Materials for a Healthy, Ecological and Sustainable Built Environment by Maibritt Pedersen Zari, Brenda Vale, Emina K. Petrovic

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12

The effect of global trade on the New Zealand house

Nigel Isaacs,    Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract

This chapter explores the international origins of seven selected materials (cement; asbestos cement boards; window glass; corrugated iron; nails; fibrous plaster; roofing slates) and suggests it has never been possible to prepare a standardized analysis of the environmental impacts. Even something as apparently simple as the timber-framed house with a corrugated iron roof may use materials sourced locally, nationally, and internationally. Extraction of the raw material(s), processing into the appropriate product, transport from the manufacturing location to the site of use, and the construction into the completed ...

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