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Depending on their quality, the weather or other conditions, some materials can last a longer or shorter time. Therefore, the context of the dwelling to be analysed has to be considered in order to classify the materials. Hazardous materials Hazardousness characteristics in materials refer to the presence of toxic materials during the life cycle of the building. For the categorisation of hazardous materials, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), radon and radiation emissions were taken into account; Meijer et al.

In the example, a door made of wood is renewable on account of the sustainable origin of the wood, non-hazardous for the occupants of the dwelling, reusable because it can be reused as a door, and dismantleable because it can be dismantled easily and without damage. Some indicators have been developed in relation to aspects in which the behaviour of the occupants influences the environmental performance of the dwelling. The effects of these factors are seen during the use of the building. 1 Introduction The indicators defined in the previous section are used to analyse housing at two different levels: national and international.

3) and in some cases the middle level is closely related to policies and plans because financing programmes are normally aimed at social and middle economic levels. After choosing the socioeconomic level of the reference houses, their characteristics were determined with the help of statistical information and other documentation. 6 % Source: INEGI (2000) Size The legislation of Human Settlements of the State of Mexico indicates the requirements for surface areas and characteristics. 4. Therefore for the social reference house, a dwelling with land area between 72 and 90 square meters was chosen, and with construction surface of around 56 square meters.

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