Environmental Design: An Introduction for Architects and Engineers

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Randall Thomas
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Science - 272 pages
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Written and edited by a team of specialists at Max Fordham LLP, one of the UK's leading environmental and building services engineering consultancies, Environmental Design is the result of their extensive experience in designing environmentally-friendly buildings. The principles of their approach, which they have taught in numerous schools of architecture and engineering, are clearly presented here.

The book starts with some basic scientific principles and environmental issues and then moves on to site planning, energy use, materials and building form. Natural ventilation systems, high-efficiency mechanical equipment and alternative energy sources are also covered. State-of-the-art buildings of exceptional quality are incorporated throughout the text and illustrate the authors' belief that environmentally responsible architecture can be visually exciting. They conclude with a selection of detailed case studies of award-winning projects - including, new for this third edition, Beaufort Court, King's Langley and the National Trust Headquarters, Swindon.

This book is essential reading for architects, engineers, planners and students of these disciplines.

 

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Contents

Strategies
3
Comfort health and environmental physics
7
Buildings and energy balances
29
Building planning and design
37
Site planning
54
Materials and construction
67
Energy sources
81
Lighting
96
The Charles Cryer Studio Theatre
183
The Environmental Building Building Research Establishment
190
The Millennium Centre Dagenham
211
The Bedales Theatre
217
Beaufort Court
222
Hellis Central Office for the National Trust
231
Appendices
239
Environmental data and the psychrometric chart
241

Engineering thermal comfort
110
Water waste disposal and appliances
145
Summary
153
Part Two
155
RMC International Headquaters
157
Queens Building De Montfort University
165
Calculation procedures
249
Acoustics
253
Photovoltaics
255
Illustration acknowledgements
262
Index
265
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Randall Thomas has been active in practice and teaching for over thirty years. He is visiting Professor in Architectural Science at Kingston University, UK, and has been a Partner of Max Fordham LLP since 1987.

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