1.Introduction - Material Dependence 2.Resource Consumption and its Drivers 3.The Material Life Cycle 4.End of First Life - A Problem or a Resource? 5.The Long Reach of Legislation 6.Eco-data - Values, Sources, Precision 7.Eco-audits and Eco-audit Tools 8.Selection Strategies 9.Eco-informed Material Selection 10.Sustainability - Living on Renewables 11.The Bigger Picture - Future Options 12.Data Sheets - Metals, Polymers, Ceramics, Composites, Natural Materials Appendix - Units, Conversion factors, etc.
Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UKMike Ashby is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier's top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also coauthor of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.
"Like Ashby's other textbooks, the information is reasoned, clearly presented and "chunked" into digestible sizes for easy assimilation. Best of all are his modulus-density charts with helpful selection criteria, and a chapter devoted to highly useful material profiles that make comparisons between materials actually enjoyable. Materials and the Environment is structured for classroom use, but I find it to be one of the most practical guides to the subject that it should be a desk reference in every design office."--IFAI's Fabric Architecture