Sustainability at the Cutting Edge
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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2 Solar thermal power
3 Low energy techniques for cooling
4 Geothermal energy
5 Wind power
6 Photovoltaic cells
7 Fuel cells
10 Smallscale hydro
11 Wave and tide
12 Prospects for the energy infrastructure
14 The photonic revolution
16 Sustainability on a knife edge
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