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Environmentally-friendly architecture & design

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Bioclimatic Double-skin Facades

Bioclimatic Double-skin Facades

Author: Mary Benedict Bonham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2019

Visually enriched with over 250 photographs and drawings, Bioclimatic Double-Skin Facades is an essential reference guide for understanding the types and functions of double-skin facades. Author Mary Ben Bonham examines the history and continuing potential of double-skin architecture, informing on the variety of approaches possible and advising a rigorous integrated design process leading to application. Featuring a wide selection of architectural examples, the book will be of interest to professionals and students within the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. Characterized by a buffer-like air space between two glazed building skins, double-skin windows and facades aim to improve building comfort and energy performance. Double skins introduce complexity and initial costs, yet significant buildings in locations around the globe continue to select this approach. In addition to exploring motivations, benefits, and cautions for designing with double skins, the book provides a primer on fundamental facade design concepts and strategies for control of thermal, luminous, and acoustic environments. Chapters also address alternative types of high-performance facades and implications for each phase of facade design and construction. Bioclimatic Double-Skin Facades promotes bioclimatic design that is inspired by nature, measured in performance, and uniquely adapted to climate and place. In-depth case studies illustrate how double-skin facades have been adapted to a range of climates and cultural settings: Marseille Library and Grenoble Courthouse in France, Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts, Manitoba Hydro Place in Canada, and the Pearl River Tower in China.

Bioclimatic Double-skin Facades

Bioclimatic Double-skin Facades

Author: Mary Benedict Bonham Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2019

Visually enriched with over 250 photographs and drawings, Bioclimatic Double-Skin Facades is an essential reference guide for understanding the types and functions of double-skin facades. Author Mary Ben Bonham examines the history and continuing potential of double-skin architecture, informing on the variety of approaches possible and advising a rigorous integrated design process leading to application. Featuring a wide selection of architectural examples, the book will be of interest to professionals and students within the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. Characterized by a buffer-like air space between two glazed building skins, double-skin windows and facades aim to improve building comfort and energy performance. Double skins introduce complexity and initial costs, yet significant buildings in locations around the globe continue to select this approach. In addition to exploring motivations, benefits, and cautions for designing with double skins, the book provides a primer on fundamental facade design concepts and strategies for control of thermal, luminous, and acoustic environments. Chapters also address alternative types of high-performance facades and implications for each phase of facade design and construction. Bioclimatic Double-Skin Facades promotes bioclimatic design that is inspired by nature, measured in performance, and uniquely adapted to climate and place. In-depth case studies illustrate how double-skin facades have been adapted to a range of climates and cultural settings: Marseille Library and Grenoble Courthouse in France, Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts, Manitoba Hydro Place in Canada, and the Pearl River Tower in China.

Soft City Building Density for Everyday Life

Soft City Building Density for Everyday Life

Author: David Sim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Imagine waking up to the gentle noises of the city, and moving through your day with complete confidence that you will get where you need to go quickly and efficiently. Soft City is about ease and comfort, where density has a human dimension, adapting to our ever-changing needs, nurturing relationships, and accommodating the pleasures of everyday life. How do we move from the current reality in most cites--separated uses and lengthy commutes in single-occupancy vehicles that drain human, environmental, and community resources--to support a soft city approach? In Soft City David Sim, partner and creative director at Gehl, shows how this is possible, presenting ideas and graphic examples from around the globe. He draws from his vast design experience to make a case for a dense and diverse built environment at a human scale, which he presents through a series of observations of older and newer places, and a range of simple built phenomena, some traditional and some totally new inventions. Sim shows that increasing density is not enough. The soft city must consider the organization and layout of the built environment for more fluid movement and comfort, a diversity of building types, and thoughtful design to ensure a sustainable urban environment and society. Soft City begins with the big ideas of happiness and quality of life, and then shows how they are tied to the way we live. The heart of the book is highly visual and shows the building blocks for neighborhoods: building types and their organization and orientation; how we can get along as we get around a city; and living with the weather. As every citizen deals with the reality of a changing climate, Soft City explores how the built environment can adapt and respond. Soft City offers inspiration, ideas, and guidance for anyone interested in city building. Sim shows how to make any city more efficient, more livable, and better connected to the environment.

Solar Passive House and Low-Energy Buildings The Earthscan Expert Guide to Design and Construction

Solar Passive House and Low-Energy Buildings The Earthscan Expert Guide to Design and Construction

Author: Steff Bell, Ingo (Passive House consultant and certifier, Sweden) Theoboldt Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2019

It is widely accepted that current levels of energy consumption are unsustainable, and half of energy consumption is related to houses. Passive houses, zero or plus energy buildings should therefore be an important corner stone in any sustainable energy strategy. They combine lowest possible energy consumption, as well as providing high levels of comfort and favourable long term economic value. The European Union wants passive houses to be the building standard by 2020. This comprehensive guide introduces readers to the basic concepts of passive houses. It provides detailed examples of passive houses in different geographical areas and climates. It compares the advantages of different solutions for well-insulated and air-tight construction and details suitable ventilation systems. The economic and ecological benefits of this new type of building are explained and demonstrated. While the passive house principle is also applicable to the refurbishment of old houses, this book will concentrate on the development of new buildings. Overall the book provides an accessible, up-to-date text suitable for architects, building owners and students.

The Environmental Imagination Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment

The Environmental Imagination Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment

Author: Dean (University of Cambridge, UK) Hawkes Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2019

The Environmental Imagination explores the relationship between tectonics and poetics in environmental design in architecture. Working thematically and chronologically from the eighteenth century to the present day, this book redefines the historiography of environmental design by looking beyond conventional histories to argue that the environments within buildings are a collaboration between poetic intentions and technical means. In a sequence of essays, the book traces a line through works by leading architects of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that illustrate the impact of new technologies on the conception and realisation of environments in buildings. In this, a consideration of the qualitative dimension of environment is added to the primarily technological narratives of other accounts. In this second edition, the book has been substantially rewritten and restructured to include further research conducted in the decade since the first edition. A number of important buildings have been revisited, in order to extend the descriptions of their environments, and studies have been made of a number of newly studied, significant buildings. A completely new essay offers an environmental interpretation of Luis Barragan's magical own house in Mexico City and the earlier studies of buildings by Peter Zumthor have been gathered into a single, extended essay that includes a body of new research. On the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Reyner Banham's, The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment, the book concludes with a critical tribute to that seminal text. The Environmental Imagination will appeal to academics and practitioners with interests in the history, theory and technology of architecture.

The Environmental Imagination Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment

The Environmental Imagination Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment

Author: Dean (University of Cambridge, UK) Hawkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2019

The Environmental Imagination explores the relationship between tectonics and poetics in environmental design in architecture. Working thematically and chronologically from the eighteenth century to the present day, this book redefines the historiography of environmental design by looking beyond conventional histories to argue that the environments within buildings are a collaboration between poetic intentions and technical means. In a sequence of essays, the book traces a line through works by leading architects of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that illustrate the impact of new technologies on the conception and realisation of environments in buildings. In this, a consideration of the qualitative dimension of environment is added to the primarily technological narratives of other accounts. In this second edition, the book has been substantially rewritten and restructured to include further research conducted in the decade since the first edition. A number of important buildings have been revisited, in order to extend the descriptions of their environments, and studies have been made of a number of newly studied, significant buildings. A completely new essay offers an environmental interpretation of Luis Barragan's magical own house in Mexico City and the earlier studies of buildings by Peter Zumthor have been gathered into a single, extended essay that includes a body of new research. On the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Reyner Banham's, The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment, the book concludes with a critical tribute to that seminal text. The Environmental Imagination will appeal to academics and practitioners with interests in the history, theory and technology of architecture.

Architecture Today: Sustainable Homes

Architecture Today: Sustainable Homes

Author: Cayetano Cardelus Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2019

This book presents a selection of eco-houses and sustainable homes built according to what is feasible today in terms of sustainable architecture that respects the environment. It shows us what ecological alternatives are available to standard building design and construction. Once considered architectural curiosities, these houses - built in a way that respects the environment - actually lay the foundations of tomorrow's regular construction and the building legacy that we bequeath to our children and grandchildren with which they feel at home and where enjoying a healthy and sustainable environment is the norm.

Saving The Planet By Design Reinventing Our World Through Ecomimesis

Saving The Planet By Design Reinventing Our World Through Ecomimesis

Author: Ken (Llewelyn Davies Yeang, London, UK) Yeang Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2019

Can we `save the planet'? For a resilient, durable and sustainable future for human society, we need to repurpose, reinvent, redesign, remake and recover our human-made world so that our built environment is benignly and seamlessly biointegrated with Nature to function synergistically with it. These are the multiple tasks that humanity must carry out imminently, if there is to be a future for human society and all lifeforms and their environments on the Planet. Addressing this is the most compelling question for not just those whose daily work impacts on Nature such as architects, engineers, landscape architects, town planners, environmental policy makers, builders and others, but it is a question that all of humanity needs to urgently address. Presented here are two key principles as the means to carry out these tasks - `ecocentricity' being guided by the science of ecology, and `ecomimesis' as designing and making the built environment including all artefacts based on the emulation and replication of the `ecosystem' concept. Designing with ecology is contended here as the authentic approach to green design from which the next generation of green design will emerge, going beyond current use of accreditation systems. For those who subscribe to this principle, this is articulated here showing how it can be implemented by design. The adopting of these principles is fundamental in our endeavor to save our Planet Earth, and changes profoundly and in entirety the way we design, make, manage and operate our built environment.

Saving The Planet By Design Reinventing Our World Through Ecomimesis

Saving The Planet By Design Reinventing Our World Through Ecomimesis

Author: Ken (Llewelyn Davies Yeang, London, UK) Yeang Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2019

Can we `save the planet'? For a resilient, durable and sustainable future for human society, we need to repurpose, reinvent, redesign, remake and recover our human-made world so that our built environment is benignly and seamlessly biointegrated with Nature to function synergistically with it. These are the multiple tasks that humanity must carry out imminently, if there is to be a future for human society and all lifeforms and their environments on the Planet. Addressing this is the most compelling question for not just those whose daily work impacts on Nature such as architects, engineers, landscape architects, town planners, environmental policy makers, builders and others, but it is a question that all of humanity needs to urgently address. Presented here are two key principles as the means to carry out these tasks - `ecocentricity' being guided by the science of ecology, and `ecomimesis' as designing and making the built environment including all artefacts based on the emulation and replication of the `ecosystem' concept. Designing with ecology is contended here as the authentic approach to green design from which the next generation of green design will emerge, going beyond current use of accreditation systems. For those who subscribe to this principle, this is articulated here showing how it can be implemented by design. The adopting of these principles is fundamental in our endeavor to save our Planet Earth, and changes profoundly and in entirety the way we design, make, manage and operate our built environment.

Green Building in Developing Countries Policy, Strategy and Technology

Green Building in Developing Countries Policy, Strategy and Technology

Author: Zhonghua Gou Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2019

The book reveals how green buildings are currently being adapted and applied in developing countries. It includes the major developing countries such as China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, Cambodia, Ghana, Nigeria and countries from the Middle East and gathers the insights of respected green building researchers from these areas to map out the developing world's green building revolution. The book highlights these countries' contribution to tackling climate change, emphasising the green building benefits and the research behind them. The contributing authors explore how the green building revolution has spread to developing countries and how national governments have initiated their own green building policies and agendas. They also explore how the market has echoed the green building policy, and how a business case for green buildings has been established. In turn, they show how an international set of green building standards, in the form of various techniques and tools, has been incorporated into local building and construction practices. In closing, they demonstrate how the developing world is emerging as a key player for addressing the energy and environmental problems currently facing the world. The book helps developers, designers and policy-makers in governments and green building stakeholders to make better decisions on the basis of global and local conditions. It is also of interest to engineers, designers, facility managers and researchers, as it provides a holistic picture of how the industry is responding to the worldwide call for greener and more sustainable buildings.

Dense and Green Building Typologies Design Perspectives

Dense and Green Building Typologies Design Perspectives

Author: Thomas Schroepfer, Sacha Menz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2019

In this book, leading architects and landscape architects provide their perspectives on the design of dense and green building types in high-density urban contexts that can support higher population densities, higher standards of environmental sustainability and enhanced liveability in future cities.

Healthy Homes Designing with light and air for sustainability and wellbeing

Healthy Homes Designing with light and air for sustainability and wellbeing

Author: Nick Baker, Koen Steemers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

It is widely acknowledged that there is an urgent need to transform our housing stock to a better energy performance level. However, improving energy performance should not result in a negative impact on the health, wellbeing and the comfort of building occupants. There are many energy-neutral features that can be incorporated at small or zero cost which have a positive effect on wellbeing. This book aims to outline and discuss these aspects of building design. The issue of health and wellbeing has already entered into design advice for the workplace, where productivity and absenteeism are often used as indicators. This book concentrates on residential buildings, notably mass housing and affordable strategies, for which new, more socially and health-oriented indicators are being developed. Provides practical design guidance based on scientific evidence Explores both physical and psychological wellbeing Focuses on the home and immediate domestic environment Structured in an accessible way for architects and designers.