Problems and rudimental tends on implementation of European Union’s directives on Sustainable building

  • Jūratė Mockienė Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Valerijus Keras Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Andrius Gilys UAB "Pramoninės metalo konstrukcijos"
Keywords: sustainable building, truss, contradiction, possibilities of solving, prestressing


Over the past few years, several accidents of building structures, which had serious consequences, have occurred. The collapse of Maxima shop in Riga probably caused the biggest resonance in the Baltic States. Such accidents particularly encourage the assessment of saving trends that have recently gained popularity, their assumptions and consequences, especially the long-term ones. (In some cases, the buildings are lifeless even in short random overload cases. The latter is practically impossible to avoid both in construction and exploitation).

Resource-saving trends are highlighted in parallel and at different levels (EU, Republic of Lithuania etc). Special attention is paid to non-renewable resources and their sustainability. It has become an unavoidable necessity in the modern world. It is noted that a construction process is one of the most susceptible consumers to resources and it has many opportunities to save.

In this way, the contradiction between saving resources and reliability of building structures appeared. Lately, it has been one of the most important challenges in the field of construction. Both many practical lessons and modern simulation methods are necessary to solve it.

The publication deals with the saving measures and the possibilities in building practice and the problems that occur. One aims at generalizing the accumulated experience. Objective resource-saving barriers on the base of truss structure design and installation are disclosed and discussed. Possible ways to mitigate these barriers are considered.