Ricardo Mateus

Ricardo Mateus
University of Minho · Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE)

PhD, MSc in Civil Engineering, Assistant Professor

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September 2009 - present
University of Minho
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Since the last decade of the twentieth century, the healthcare industry is paying attention to the environmental impact of their buildings and therefore new regulations, policy goals, and Building Sustainability Assessment (HBSA) methods are being developed and implemented. At the present, healthcare is one of the most regulated industries and it i...
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Vernacular architecture is characterised by a type of formal expression, which has been developed in response to a number of factors - geographic, climatic and economic - characterising the local area or region. Despite the fact that Portugal is a small country, there are many different architectural approaches and a range of techniques have been e...
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In recent years, construction industry has been looking for ways to adopt technical solutions towards environmental preservation and conservation of natural resources. With the scarcity of building materials and the consequent increase in construction prices intensified after the Covid-19 pandemic, sustainable development based on the concepts of t...
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The purpose of this closure is to present a response to the doubts arisen by the authors of the Discussion of the Review article with the title “Optimisation of Compressed Earth Blocks (CEBs) using natural origin materials: A systematic literature review” [1], published in the journal Construction and Building Materials on 1 October 2021. The body...
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This article presents a methodological framework combining a life cycle cost assessment (LCC) and a life cycle assessment (LCA). The purpose is to assess the relevance of embodied energy and carbon emissions on the cost-effectiveness of building renovation solutions towards nZEB at the neighbourhood scale by comparing an operational energy approach...
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The building sector plays a significant role in reducing global energy use and carbon emissions. In the European Union (EU), the building stock represents 40% of total energy use and in which cooling and heating systems represent over 50%. Portugal is one of the EU countries where the consequences of energy poverty are most evident due to the famil...
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The purpose of this study is to explore Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) to predict the compressive and tensile strengths of natural fibre-reinforced Compressed Earth Blocks (CEBs). To this end, a database was created by collecting data from the available literature. Data relating to 332 specimens (Database 1) were used for the prediction of the c...
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A Systematic Literature Review (SLR) on the effect of the optimisation of Compressed Earth Blocks (CEBs) using natural origin materials was made in this paper. The purpose of the study is to offer a clearer vision of recent scientific developments on the topic by addressing a number of specifically formulated research questions. To this end, 45 jou...
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Despite the recognised importance of built heritage for sustainable development, and the multiple tools, recommendations, guidelines, and policies developed in recent years to support decision-making, good sustainable conservation practices often fail to be implemented. Challenges faced by practitioners often relate to external factors, and there i...
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Knowing the properties of vernacular materials is crucial to heritage conservation and to develop innovative solutions. Reed, considered to be a carbon-neutral and a carbon dioxide sink material, has been used for centuries for diverse uses. Its high availability and properties made it a popular building material, including in Portuguese vernacular...
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In general, steel and concrete composite floors tend to present a reduced functional performance (considering thermal and acoustic conditions), due to their low mass and to the high conductivity of the steel elements. By including components with high thermal insulation capacity in these structural systems, it is possible to maintain the structure...
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Buildings are responsible for several negative impacts on the environment, most of them related to nonrenewable energy consumption, increasing the concern regarding buildings energy efficiency. In this context, computer software has been used to estimate the energy needs of the built environment, and the Building Information Modelling (BIM) methodo...
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Due to the time-consuming and complicated process of performing Building Sustainability Assessment (BSA), this is usually incompatible with construction companies’ deadlines. With the emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction industry, the opportunity for BSA methods to adopt and benefit from BIM arises. Following a prev...
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Population growth, along with a rapid urban expansion, is imposing a heavy pressure on the planet’s finite resources. It is widely acknowledged that the building industry consumes large amounts of raw materials while generating waste and emissions. To set apart economic growth from environmental repercussions, the Circular Economy (CE) arose as an i...
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This research applies the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) to measure the gap between designers’ intentions towards heritage conservation and the actual design decisions. It aims at contributing to identify which psychological constructs (attitude, norm, perception of control) are hindering the implementation of sustainable conservation approaches...
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A growing concern is given to the environmental impacts caused by the construction industry. Waste generation, resource consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions are the main drawbacks of the rapid urbanization that the world is witnessing. As a response to these pressing issues, policymakers and academia are exploring the concept of Circular Econo...
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This paper presents and discusses the selection of a set of core indicators for the sustainable conservation of built heritage. This core set of indicators was selected by following a two-step methodology: 1) first, a comparative analysis of indicators of two building sustainability assessment (BSA) tools with different approaches was performed by...
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The search for environmental preservation and conservation of natural resources gives rise to new concepts and viable technical solutions on the path to sustainable development. In this context, this study's main objective is to analyse the influence of recycled concrete aggregates (RCAs) on the development of pervious concrete, whose use as a floo...
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The inclusion of Heritage in the global agenda for sustainable development has contributed to a broader discussion around the interconnection between heritage and sustainability. However, the definitions of both concepts lack consensus. In the last decade, hundreds of definitions of sustainability can be identified in the scientific literature. Oft...
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The palafitic timber constructions of the central Portuguese coastline are an example of the adaptation to site-specific conditions (climate and sand landscape morphodynamics) using the available endogenous resources. Thus, in a context of environmental awareness and climate change, it is relevant to understand their features/strategies and how the...
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Introduction The benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the construction industry are already known and proved. One of the applications of BIM is to estimate buildings energy demand and foster the introduction of more efficient design alternatives. BIM creates information to support designers’ decision-making and to allow them to comp...
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Background In the last years, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) have been integrated to support the pursuit of sustainability in the built environment. However, the integration of environmental information with different specificity and reliability requirements on distinct Levels of Development (LOD) of BIM object...
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Introduction: The international research project IEA EBC Annex 72 investigates the life cycle related environmental impacts caused by buildings. The project aims inter alia to harmonise LCA approaches on buildings. Methods: To identify major commonalities and discrepancies among national LCA approaches, reference buildings were defined to present a...
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This research addresses the performance gap between intentions towards a sustainable conservation of built heritage and its actual implementation. Socio-psychological models of human behaviour, such as the theory of planned behaviour (TPB), have been studying this dissonance between intention and behaviour, and allow to recognise latent critical fa...
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With the increasing concerns about building environmental impacts, building information modelling (BIM) has been used to perform different kinds of sustainability analysis. Among the most popular are the life cycle assessment (LCA) and building sustainability assessment (BSA). However, the integration of BIM-based LCA in BSA methods has not been ad...
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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is creating new opportunities for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. One of them is the integration of the Building Sustainability Assessment (BSA) during the design process. Currently, an approach for using BIM to foster and optimise the application of BSA methods has not been clearly esta...
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Facing the recent implementation of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) process in the construction industry, several potentialities have not been fully explored yet. Among them, is the integration of BIM in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analysis in order to automate the assessment of the potential environmental impacts. To date, despite the exi...
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The present research is focused on an experimental investigation to evaluate the mechanical, durability, and thermal performance of compressed earth blocks (CEBs) produced in Portugal. CEBs were analysed in terms of electrical resistivity, ultrasonic pulse velocity, compressive strength, total water absorption, water absorption by capillarity, acce...
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Retail stores are amongst the building typologies with the highest carbon (CI) and energy intensities (EI). However, previous studies have only explored best practice EI of food and non-food retailers, without identifying best practice CI threshold values. This paper presents a five-step analysis of CI and EI amongst the highest revenue retailers,...
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The increase in global environmental problems requires more environmentally efficient construction. Vernacular passive strategies can play an important role in helping reducing energy use and CO 2 emissions related to buildings. This paper studies the use of glazed balconies in the North of Portugal as a strategy to capture solar gains and reduce h...
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***** Link to download this paper (free until March 21st 2020 ): https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1aUxa3HVLKiAhS | After 21st March 2020: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.104703 ***** | The environmental performance of construction products and assemblies is a determinant factor for the environmental sustainability of buildings. Increasing w...
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This paper presents the results of a Seminar / Workshop about simulation tools for energy performance evaluation of building’s architectural design that was organized in the University of Minho’s School of Architecture, located in Guimarães, North of Portugal. The theme of the Seminar / Workshop aims at sensitizing students to the importance of ene...
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In the Portuguese context, the life cycle assessment of building materials is still in its infancy. So far, there is only a small number of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) available, all target for industrially-based materials. Although vernacular earthen materials are seen as ecological materials, with low potential environmental impacts...
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The retail industry is one of the top 10 most carbon-intensive sectors. This paper is original in addressing what has changed in corporate retail with the Paris Agreement, accessing trends to decarbonize the sector. A qualitative comparison was performed regarding the policy, strategy and energy-related building solutions of the top 27 global retai...
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The aim of this paper is to identify existing methods for economic valuation or monetisation of life cycle environmental impacts and to assess its applicability in the broad European context. Although environmental awareness is more and more important in several industrial sectors, including the construction sector, easy to understand data are stil...
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The IEA EBC Annex 72 focuses on the assessment of the primary energy demand, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts of buildings during production, construction, use (including repair and replacement) and end of life (dismantling), i.e. during the entire life cycle of buildings. In one of its activities, reference buildings (size, mater...
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Resumo No Brasil, os edifícios de escritórios de planta livre têm se destacado pela utilização de fachadas totalmente envidraçadas, aspecto que pode impactar diretamente o consumo de energia do ar condicionado. O objetivo deste estudo é classificar e caracterizar o desempenho energético de edifícios de escritório de planta livre em três climas bras...
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Up to now, the Sustainability approaches have supported eco-friendly constructions to preserve and enhance the environment while keeping economic prosperity and social welfare. Still, the focus was merely put on the end-of-life of the buildings to close the construction loop by reusing and repurposing materials and components. The Circular Economy...
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In Portugal, there is a lack of quantitative studies on the thermal performance of earthen buildings. This paper aims at contributing to this research context by studying site-specific strategies, and the thermal performance and comfort conditions of a rammed earth building located in southern Portugal. The study is based on objective and subjectiv...
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The construction sector is a major contributor to global environmental impacts. This is one of the reasons why there is a political trend towards a "greener" sector. One indicator of this trend is the progressive application of life cycle thinking approaches and life cycle assessment of products, assemblies and buildings. The digitalization of cons...
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Applying circular economy principles in the built environment at different levels is considered as a future vital approach to reducing its environmental impacts along with huge economic benefits, which is generally explained by “decoupling resource consumption from economic development”. At the meso-level of the built environment, circular building...
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The current method for assessing the two indicators of the Energy Efficiency category of the Building Sustainability Assessment method SBToolPT-H (P7: Primary energy, P8: In-situ energy production from renewables) is rather time-consuming. The assessment requires many values that need to be calculated manually or with specific spreadsheets, wheneve...
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The strongest point of vernacular architecture is the harmony between environment and buildings. Mediterranean vernacular architecture is harmonized with its local context, including culture and traditions. In addition, it respects environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, and morphology. In the past, people in Palestine built the...
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The process of manufacturing the Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) is linked with potentially adverse consequences on the environment, as it consumes considerable quantities of resources and releases huge amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere. It is becoming more common to replace some proportion of OPC with by-products from other industries that once were...
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Applying circular economy principles in the built environment at different levels is considered as a future vital approach to reducing its environmental impacts along with huge economic benefits, which is generally explained by "decoupling resource consumption from economic development". At the meso-level of the built environment, circular building...
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You can download this article for free until January 17, 2019, using the following link: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1Y89t3O1E1CZOf. After that, the article can only be accessed by granted access using the editor's link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950061818328617. Abstract: The effect of using biomass fly ash (BFA) on...
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This data article presents data collected from the 250 highest revenue retailers around the world, assessed according to publicly available data from the fiscal year 2016, in order to determine retailer׳s overall carbon intensity (CI) and energy intensity (EI). Data collection included additional variables such as retailers’ revenue rank, operation...
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A Associação iiSBE Portugal é uma associação sem fins lucrativos que representa em Portugal a Iniciativa Internacional para a Sustentabilidade do Ambiente Construído (iiSBE). Este Fórum tem por objeto geral criar meios e promover ativamente a adoção de políticas, métodos e instrumentos que acelerarem o desenvolvimento no sentido de um meio construí...
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The survey and inspection of the state of conservation of buildings is understood as an active process of selecting information to support decision making in the rehabilitation of the built heritage. The development of new technologies applied to the integrated management of the built heritage resulted in digital tools able to support the technicia...