Architecture in a Climate of Change: A Guide to Sustainable Design

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Routledge, 2001 - Architecture - 214 pages
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Focusing on the recently introduced compulsory course element on sustainability in architecture, the book outlines all of the arguments and provides a comprehensive source of information. The author's insider knowledge of the curriculum structure provides you with an invaluable companion to the new section of the course work. An outline seminar is included allowing the student to relate the theories of sustainability to the practice of study. The professional will also benefit from its focus on the practical translation of sustainable theory.

He calls for changes in the way we build. For change to be widely accepted there have to be convincing reasons why long established practices should be replaced. In the first part of the book he sets out those reasons by arguing that there is convincing evidence that climate changes now under way are primarily due to human activity in releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Buildings are particularly implicated in this process and so it is appropriate that the design and construction process should be a prime target in the war against catastrophic climate change. The book is designed to promote a creative partnership between the professions to produce buildings which achieve optimum conditions for their inhabitants whilst making minimum demands on fossil based energy.

Peter Smith has written extensively on the subject and is well known in the field. He is responsible for introducing the compulsory sustainable element of the course in the UK. He is Chairman of the RIBA Environment and Energy Committee, the RIBA Sustainable Features Committee and Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Development Committee.


*Learn about the principles of sustainability and the future of its technology.
*Gain a valuable insight into the relationship between the physical and cultural context of architecture.
*Benefit from the inside knowledge and expertise of the author.
 

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Contents

1 Climate Change People or Nature?
1
2 Predictions
11
3 Renewable Technologies Energy from Water
19
4 Renewable Technologies Solar Biomass and Miscellaneous
33
5 Low Energy Techniques for Housing
43
6 Insulation
59
7 Domestic Energy
67
8 Advanced and UltraLowEnergy Houses
75
13 Lighting Designing for Daylight
145
14 Lighting In the Context of Human Frailty
153
15 Cautionary Notes
161
16 Beacon Buildings
167
17 an American Perspective
177
18 Life Cycle Assessment and Recycling
181
19 Integrated District Environmental Design
187
20 Emergent Technologies and Future Prospects
191

9 Housing an Unacceptable Legacy
91
10 Low Energy Techniques for NonDomestic Buildings
99
11 Ventilation
111
12 Energy Options
133
Annexe 1 Key Indicators for Sustainable Design
205
Annexe 2 an Outline Sustainability Syllabus for Designers
207
Index
213
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Special Professor in Sustainable Energy, University of Nottingham. Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Leeds Metropolitan University. Director of the Pilkington Energy Efficiency Trust. Former Vice President of the RIBA for Sustainable Development and chairman of its Sustainable Futures Committee

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