Sustainability at the Cutting Edge: Emerging Technologies for Low Energy Buildings

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Routledge, 2007 - Architecture - 180 pages
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Sustainability at the Cutting Edge is an essential guide to understanding the future direction of sustainable technology. This fully updated new edition deals not only with current best practice and state of the art case studies, but with the very latest emerging technologies which will transform the relationship between buildings and energy.

Professor Smith describes how buildings can be made to significantly reduce their reliance on fossil-based energy by the use of solar and geothermal resources. He also describes a range of renewable energy generating technologies. As sustainable building becomes increasingly essential with the advance of climate change, government legislation and international treaties, this is valuable knowledge for every architect, engineer and designer.

This immensely practical book is packed with useful diagrams, charts and colour photographs to illustrate a variety of the most recent case studies, including the education building, the Core, at the Eden Project in Cornwall. As well as exploring cutting edge developments in photovoltaics (PV) this revised edition also includes the latest data from the 2006 Carbon Trust report on wave and tide, and new material on the latest advances in bioenergy and marine technologies.

Buildings are currently a major part of the carbon emissions problem. This book indicates how they may become part of the solution.

* Introduces the very latest in practical sustainability techniques

* First point of reference for all architects and engineers who want their designs to be both responsive and cutting edge

* Useful diagrams, graphs and photographs illustrate the diverse technologies being developed to create optimum eco-efficiency in our built environment
 

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Contents

The 2005 Prince Philip Lecture at the Royal Society of Arts by Sir John Houghton CBE FRS
1
2 Solar thermal power
15
3 Low energy techniques for cooling
31
4 Geothermal energy
43
5 Wind power
52
6 Photovoltaic cells
67
7 Fuel cells
78
8 Bioenergy
89
10 Smallscale hydro
108
11 Wave and tide
114
12 Prospects for the energy infrastructure
126
13 Materials
135
14 The photonic revolution
140
case studies
145
16 Sustainability on a knife edge
163
Index
173

9 Microgeneration and combined heat and power
98

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About the author (2007)

Prior to his retirement, Dominic Jordan was a professor in the Mathematics Department at Keele University. His research interests include applications of applied mathematics to elasticity, asymptotic theory, wave and diffusion problems, as well as research on the development of applied mathematics
in its close association with late 19th century engineering technologies. Peter Smith is a professor in the Mathematics Department of Keele University. He has taught courses in mathematical methods, applied analysis, dynamics, stochastic processes, and nonlinear differential equations, and his
research interests include fluid dynamics and applied analysis.

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