Investigation on the Role of Recycling Materials and the Importance of their Potential Energy in the Trend of Sustainable Development

Document Type: Original Paper


1 Assistant Proffesor, Department of Art & Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Shabestar Branch, Shabestar, Iran.

2 Young Researchers and Elite Club, Islamic Azad University, Sardasht Branch, Sardasht, Iran.

3 M.A. Department of architecture, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz branch, Tabriz, Iran.


Recycling process is one of the most important processes in the trend of sustainable development,
a logical reaction against the problems that results from industrial age. Building materials can play an important role
in the process of a building formation or destruction, in fact, materials forms the building nature. Thus, the role of
material and the impact of its recycling in sustainable development context cannot be ignored. Also, due to the rate of
destruction and renewals that exist in cities and considering to the point that almost half of fuel storages are consumed
in the buildings, the mass of materials that are sources of potential energy, should not be ignored. So, it is obvious that
finding a fundamental solution in this area is necessary. In terms of research performance, this study is qualitative and
as descriptive-comparative investigation and selection of the concepts is based on library and documentary methods,
surveying some characteristics of recycling which in terms of quality and technique effect on architecture has been
attempted in this research. Therefore, the role of recycling materials and the importance of their potential energy in the
trend of sustainable development are investigated in this paper by descriptive-comparative method and appropriate and
optimum solutions provided in order to reduce energy consumption in the field of construction and building materials.