Construction Ecology: Nature as the Basis for Green Buildings

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Charles J. Kibert, Jan Sendzimir, G. Bradley Guy
Taylor & Francis, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 305 pages
Contributors to this work, including ecologists, industrial ecologists, architects, and materials manufacturers, have collaborated to survey the evolution of concepts of construction ecology since 1994. They define construction ecology as a subset of industrial ecology focusing on the built environment, and examine areas such as complexity theory and industrial ecology, minimizing waste emissions from the built environment, and green architecture. Kibert directs the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. He is known as one of the pioneers of the concept of sustainable construction. The book is distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
 

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Contents

Applying natural metabolism to architecture in Europe 250
1
Summary and conclusions
6
PART
12
Materials and sustainability
14
Ecologically sustainable architecture and construction
21
The industrial ecologists
27
PART 1
29
Material circulation energy hierarchy and building construction
37
History accidents and positive feedbacks
115
Energy in the building cycle
123
Closure 289
132
Managing ecosystems
137
Scale
145
Glossary 291
153
Minimizing waste emissions from the built environment
159
Household energy services
168

3
66
Introduction
72
the design of ecologicaleconomic systems
82
Construction ecology
96
Acknowledgements
103
159
105
Thermodynamics in biological and human organization
109
Summary
174
8
196
MIPS and the method of material intensity analysis
203
Product facility and building management
212
Introduction
220
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Charles J. Kibert, Director of the Rinker School of Building Construction, University of Florida, is one of the authors of the concept known as sustainable construction. Jan Sendzimir is a systems ecologist at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria and is fostering the large-scale application of adaptive management in Central Europe, especially Poland. Brad Guy, an architect, is a Research Associate in the Center for Construction and Environment at the University of Florida and is an internationally recognized expert on building deconstruction and materials reuse.

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