Sustainability of buildings: New perspectives on material-related environmental impacts of buildings: Dissertation

Antti Ruuska

    Research output: ThesisDissertationMonograph

    7 Citations (Scopus)


    The human influence and impact of GHG emissions on climate system are globally acknowledged. Limiting global temperature rise requires significant emission savings by all countries across all sectors, building sector being one of the most prominent ones. Buildings consume natural resources and cause environmental pressure over their life cycles. The design stage decisions influence all the environmental impacts of the building life cycle, but they are a less researched topic. Also material-related impacts, or embodied energy and emissions of building materials, have been given only limited attention in past research, despite their increasing importance due to the development towards more energy efficient, and zero energy buildings. In spite of the seemingly great importance of material efficiency (or material savings), of buildings, it is not evident, which are the most important environmental impacts of building materials. This dissertation creates new knowledge on aforementioned topics.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor Degree
    Awarding Institution
    • Aalto University
    • Junnila, Seppo, Supervisor, External person
    • Häkkinen, Tarja, Advisor
    Award date6 Apr 2018
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    Print ISBNs978-952-60-7901-1, 978-951-38-8630-1
    Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-7902-8, 978-951-38-8629-5
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2018
    MoE publication typeG4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)


    • Sustainability
    • environmental impacts
    • GHG-emissions
    • material efficiency
    • embodied carbon
    • design process
    • construction
    • buildings
    • building materials


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