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Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open: A book review

Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open: Future Buildings, vehicles, products and equipment – made efficiently and made with less new material is a remarkable popular impartial well-written engineering book that addresses sustainable production of cement, plastic, paper, aluminum and
steel and their long-term impacts on the environment. The authors provide a comprehensive background regarding the uses of said materials. This
information, presented in a manner that is easily accessible for those new to the topics, is paired with graphics and case studies that should be
intriguing for readers already well versed in construction or manufacturing with these components. With 56% of annual industrial global carbon dioxide
emissions arising from the production of cement, plastic, paper, aluminum and steel, if we are going to mitigate climate change, we need to actively
improve efficient use of these five resources.

For example, each person on Earth uses roughly 440 lbs. of steel annually with much of this used in the built environment as buildings (42%) and
infrastructure (14%). What is remarkable is if that we wish to mitigate climate change by 2050, we will need to decrease per capita steel use at
current production emission levels 75% to 25% of current per capita totals.

The eight authors propose that to achieve significant emission reductions for these five resources by 2050 so as to meet a 2°C climate change
stabilization target we should promote:

For example, applying sustainable, standardized design for these resources would allow components to be easily replaced. Refrigerator compressors could
be replaced instead of replacing the complete fridge. Standardized concrete modular construction of buildings would enable future building retrofits to
use less cement. Mandating that all paper coating enable recycling as opposed to prohibit paper recycling would decrease emissions and natural resource
used in paper recycling. Develop standardized, biodegradable components to plastics would allow for easier plastic manufacturing. Promoting a single
aluminum alloy used in beverage can would decrease aluminum recycling smelting emissions by close to 200%. And so and so on.

To fully achieve 2°C climate change stabilization target outcomes means we must understand and quantify the embedded emissions associated with the use
of these five prime materials in a manner that architects, urban planners, manufacturing engineers and the general public can decrease their use of
these products and their associated emissions significantly. “Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open” is an excellent resource for attempting to
understand the incredibly complex and interdependent nature of modern business, construction, and material usage and the challenges faced to implement
positive change.

UIT Cambridge Ltd. has put together a great website for the book, with free, downloadable text, and supplementary materials so that we can more fully understand the actions today we can take within our organizations and as individuals to decrease our use of these five materials: steel, aluminum, plastic, paper, and cement.

How to order:

Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open: Future Buildings, vehicles, products and equipment – made efficiently and made with less new material

Paperback: 384 Pages

Publisher: UIT Cambridge Ltd.

ISBN: 9781906860059

Authors: Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan M. Cullen with Mark A. Carruth, Daniel R. Cooper, Martin McBrien, Rachel L. Milford, Muiris C. Moynihan, and
Alexandra CH Patel

Gabriel Thoumi, CFA is a frequent contributor to Tom Cox, LEEP AP is a leader in sustainable architecture and landscape architecture.

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