Sustainability at the Cutting Edge

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Routledge, Jun 1, 2007 - Architecture - 192 pages
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This is your first point of reference in understanding the future direction of sustainable technology. It introduces the very latest in practical sustainability techniques and illustrates the diverse technologies being developed to create optimum eco-efficiency in our built environment.


Peter F. Smith takes you through the current research and prototypes which will affect every feature of the evolution of building design. As sustainable building becomes increasingly essential - with the advent of climate change, government legislation and international treaties - this is valuable knowledge for every architect, engineer and designer who wishes their designs to be both responsive and cutting edge.

With information from the leaders in their fields, this book is a comprehensive reference to the emerging technologies for this innovative approach to design.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Solar thermal power
11
3 Low energy techniques for cooling
29
4 Geothermal energy
43
5 Wind power
53
6 Photovoltaic cells
63
7 Fuel cells
73
8 Biogas
83
10 Smallscale hydro
99
11 Wave and tide
107
12 Prospects for the energy infrastructure
115
13 Materials
127
14 The photonic revolution
135
case studies
141
16 Sustainability on a knife edge
163
Index
173

9 Micropower
91

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About the author (2007)

Peter Smith was formerly Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. His books include Explaining Chaos (1998) and An Introduction to Formal Logic (2003) and he is also a former editor of the journal Analysis.

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