The condition of sustainability, from a physical point of view, can be defined as the closure of the material cycle. This is reached in determined systems, in the absence of residual flows, and in which resources are constantly recycled. Such systems can encounter serious obstacles in the productive model that characterises the majority of contemporary industry. The productive model, born during the Industrial Revolution, can be summarised by the following lineal sequence: extraction>manufacture>use>residue. In contrast, this research focuses on a productive model from the ecological industry, based on the example of the biosphere as a recycling machine. Requiring the elimination of the concept of residues, the system can be summarised by the following continuous cycle: recycling-manufacturing-use-recycling.
CitacióWadel, G. F.; Avellaneda, J.; Cuchi, A. Sustainability in industrialised architecture: closing the materials cycle. "Informes de la construcción", Gener 2010, vol. 62, núm. 517, p. 37-51.