Ecological and Health Effects of Building Materials

Junaid Ahmad Malik, Shriram Marathe

ISBN: 978-3-030-76072-4
Publisher/Imprint: Springer Nature
Pages: 610
Format: Print/e-Book
Language: English
Edition/Volume: 1st
© Year: 2021
Publication date: August 2021



About the Book

This book deals with the present adverse effects of using precarious building materials on the ecology and human health. Also, the detailed discussions on the novel and greener construction materials and their utilization as an alternative to the conventional harmful existing methods and materials are also presented in the subsequent chapters. This book helps to fill the research gaps in the existing prior-art knowledge in the field of sustainable construction and green building materials and methods giving due importance to ecology and health, specifically to the fields of sustainable structural engineering, sustainable geotechnical engineering, sustainable road engineering, etc.

This book helps in achieving a sustainable environment through possible adoption of innovative and ecological construction practices. Hence, this book acts as a practical workbook, mainly for the academicians and practicing engineers who are willing to work toward the consecrated building industry.

It is a well-established fact that the constructions of the engineering structures consume more and more earth resources than any other human activities in the world. In addition, the construction-related activities will produce several million tons of greenhouse gases, toxic emissions, water pollutants, and solid wastes. This creates a huge impact on environment and causes severe health issues on humans and animals. It is thus important to create an eco-friendly construction environment which can satisfy the ecological and health requirements.

Table of Contents


Front Matter (PDF)

1. Potentially Toxic Construction Materials: An Introduction (Pages 1-11)

Aadil Gulzar, Tabasum Hassan, Ruquia Gulzar

2. Atmospheric Emissions from Construction Sector (Pages 13-31)

Idrees Yousuf Dar, Zaiema Rouf, Maheen Javaid, Mohmad Younis Dar

3. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Chlorinated Polyethylene (CPE), Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC), Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene (CSPE), Polychloroprene Rubber (CR)—Chemistry, Applications and Ecological Impacts—I (Pages 33-52)

Shelley Oberoi, Monika Malik

4. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Chlorinated Polyethylene (CPE), Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC), Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene (CSPE), Polychloroprene Rubber (CR)—Chemistry, Applications and Ecological Impacts—II (Pages 53-66)

Najla Bentrad

5. Volatile Organic Compounds Emission from Building Sector and Its Adverse Effects on Human Health (Pages 67-86)

Zaiema Rouf, Idrees Yousuf Dar, Maheen Javaid, Mohmad Younis Dar, Arshid Jehangir

6. Comprehensive Analysis of Research Trends in Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Building Materials: A Bibliometric Analysis (Pages 87-112)

Fatma Nur Eraslan, Mansoor Ahmad Bhat, Eftade O. Gaga, Kadir Gedik

7. Heavy Metal Contamination from Construction Materials (Pages 113-131)

Ayodeji Ojo Oteyola, Folasade Adesola Ola-Oladimeji

8. Nanoparticles in Construction Industry and Their Toxicity (Pages 133-146)

G. Santhosh, G. P. Nayaka

9. Application of Nanoparticles in Construction Industries and Their Toxicity (Pages 147-157)

Vinayaka B. Shet, Lokeshwari Navalgund, Keshava Joshi, Silvia Yumnam

10. Potential Environmental Impacts of Nanoparticles Used in Construction Industry (Pages 159-183)

Annika Durve Gupta, Sonali Zankar Patil

11. Thermal Insulation of Building Envelope for Ecological Conservation (Pages 185-204)

Mir Firasath Ali, M. M. Vijayalakshmi Natarajan

12. Soil Contamination from Construction Projects (Pages 205-244)

Sirat Sandil, Rabindra Kumar

13. Water Pollution from Construction Industry: An Introduction (Pages 245-257)

Keshava Joshi, Lokeshwari Navalgund, Vinayaka B. Shet

14. Design and Development of Improved Methods of Curing of Bricks During Manufacturing Process and Construction Work to Save Water, Minimize Pollution and Human Effort (Pages 259-274)

Ramesh Chandra Nayak, Manmatha K. Roul, Payodhar Padhi, Saroj K. Sarangi

15. Embodied Carbon in Construction and Its Ecological Implications (Pages 275-295)

Maheen Javaid, Idrees Yousuf Dar, Zaiema Rouf, Mohmad Younis Dar, Arshid Jehangir

16. Human Health Hazards Associated with Asbestos in Building Materials (Pages 297-325)

Alessandro F. Gualtieri, Magdalena Lassinantti Gualtieri, Valentina Scognamiglio, Dario Di Giuseppe

17. Development of Eco-efficient Geopolymer Masonry for Sustainability (Pages 327-360)

Radhakrishna, K. Venugopal

18. Utilization of Waste Brick Powder for Manufacturing Green Bricks and Cementitious Materials (Pages 361-370)

Anwar Khitab, Riaz Akhtar Khan, Muhammad Saqib Riaz, Kashif Bashir, Seemab Tayyab, Raja Bilal Nasar Khan

19. Health Impacts of Construction Workers: A Short Introduction (Pages 371-381)

Summia Rehman, Ishfaq Ahmad Sheergojri, Ishfaq Ul Rehman, Tajamul Islam, Subzar Ahmad Nanda, Rayees Ahmad Rather

20. The Benefits of Eco-efficient Plasters for Occupant’s Health—A Case Study (Pages 383-404)

Maria Idália Gomes, José Lima, Tânia Santos, João Gomes, Paulina Faria

21. Occupational Health Problems of Construction Workers (Pages 405-426)

Manoj Kumar Karnena, Madhavi Konni, Vara Saritha

22. Impact of Construction Material on Environment (Pages 427-442)

Sukanya Mehra, Mandeep Singh, Geetika Sharma, Shiv Kumar, Navishi, Pooja Chadha

23. Ecological Impacts of Land Conversion on Wildlife Conservation: A Case of Construction Sector in Tanzania (Pages 443-450)

Cosmas Benedict Mabalika Haule

24. Perception of Construction Workers on Psychophysical Health and Safety Issues: A Qualitative Investigation (Pages 451-465)

Jaya Bharti, Megha Singh

25. Effect of Different Building Materials on Indoor Radon/Thoron and Associated Health Hazards (Pages 467-487)

Bhupender Singh, Maneesha Garg, Krishan Kant

26. Sustainable Techniques for Building Waste Disposal (Pages 489-503)

Tarun Kumar Kumawat, Vishnu Sharma, Varsha Kumawat, Manish Biyani, Anjali Pandit, Agrima Bhatt

27. Impact of Textile Product Emissions: Toxicological Considerations in Assessing Indoor Air Quality and Human Health (Pages 505-541)

Mansoor Ahmad Bhat, Fatma Nur Eraslan, Kadir Gedik, Eftade O. Gaga

28. Health Impacts of Building Materials on Construction Workers (Pages 543-566)

Joseph Onyango

29. Bioconcrete: The Promising Prospect for Green Construction (Pages 567-584)

Anita V. Handore, Sharad R. Khandelwal, Rajib Karmakar, Abhijeet S. Jagtap, Dilip V. Handore

30. Environmental Life Cycle Analysis of Residential Building Materials: A Case Study (Pages 585-605)

Md. Al Sadikul Islam, Md. Ashiquzzaman, Amiu Shadik Utshab, Nehreen Majed

Back Matter (Pages 607-609) (PDF)

About the Authors/Editors


Dr. Junaid Ahmad Malik

Dr. Malik received B.Sc. (2008) Science from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K; M.Sc. (2010) in Zoology from Barkatullah University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh; and PhD (2015) in Zoology from the same university. He completed his B.Ed program in 2017 from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K. He started his career as Lecturer in School Education Department, Govt. of J&K for 2 years. Dr. Malik is now working as a Lecturer in Department of Zoology, Govt. Degree College, Bijbehara, Kashmir (J&K) and actively involved in teaching and research activities. He has more than 8 years of research experience. His areas of interest are ecology, soil macrofauna, wildlife biology, conservation biology etc. Dr. Malik has published more than 20 research papers in various national and international peer-reviewed journals. He has authored 4 books, 16 book chapters, edited 7 books, and more than 10 popular editorial articles. He is also serving as editor and reviewer of several journals with a reasonable repute. He has participated in several State, National, and International conferences, seminars, workshops, and symposia and more than 20 conference papers are to his credit. He is the life member of SBBS (Society for Bioinformatics and Biological Sciences) with membership id LMJ-243.

Dr. Shriram Marathe

Dr. Shriram Marathe is serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at NMAM Institute of Technology NITTE. He completed his Ph.D. degree at VTU Belagavi in the area of Alkali Activated Concrete Pavements. He accomplished his M.Tech (Transportation Engineering) from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Karnataka, and Master Facilitator Degree (MFLHRD) in Human Resources Development from CLHRD, Mangalore. His areas of research include Alkali-activated Concrete applications to pavements, Stabilization of Sub-grade soil, Road Safety, Pavement Material characterization, and Pavement Design. He has guided several projects for B.E. and M.Tech dissertations. He also successfully executed one funded research project on “Study and to Develop Cost-Effective and Green Masonry Block Using Industrial Waste Materials”, funded by NITTE Education Trust. Till date, he has published a total of 50 research papers out of which 10 articles are published in Scopus indexed journals (Three Q1 articles). Out of his research contribution 24 research articles are published in international journals, 06 technical papers in national journals, and also conference proceedings papers at 13 National/International conferences and 5 papers are under review. Further, he also filed a patent on his invention entitled, “Sustainable Pervious Alkali Activated Concrete Paver Block Pavement for Ground water Recharge” on 29-07-2020. He also served as the conference secretary and successfully completed the CTCS-2020, International Conference held at NMAMIT Nitte during Decemeber 2020. Further, he is also serving as a potential reviewer for “International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology” published by Springer Nature Singapore, “Construction and Building Materials” published by Elsevier B V, “Case Studies in Construction Materials” published by Elsevier B V. and “Cogent Environmental Science” published by Taylor & Francis Online. Being a resource person, he had delivered several technical talks at various graduate schools. He is a life member of Indian Roads Congress (IRC) New Delhi, Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) New Delhi, Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), Indian Society of Systems for Science and Engineering (ISSE), Technical Institute for Engineers (India), and Kannada Sahithya Parishadh, Karnataka. He worked as Departmental Co-ordinator (Civil Engineering) for NAAC, NBA, IQAC, Industry Institute Interaction, ISTE, IE(I), and IOV related works.

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