Building Ecology

Building Ecology
Author: Peter Graham
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-02-12
ISBN: 1405147547
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building Ecology Book Excerpt:

Buildings consume 40% of our planet’s materials and 30% of its energy. Their construction uses up to three million tonnes of raw materials a year and generates 20% of the soild waste stream. If we want to survive our urban future, there is no option but to build in ways which improve the health of ecosystems. Understanding the concept of ecological sustainability and translating it into practice as sustainable development is a key challenge for today’s built environment professionals. The skill and vision of those who shape our cities and homes is vital to achieving sustainable solutions to the many environmental, economic and social problems we face on a local, national and global scale. Peter Graham offers here a holistic view of ecologically sustainable building by drawing on established areas of knowledge, demonstrating their relevance to the environmentally-conscious building professional and putting the process, product and impact of building into context. Case studies illustrate how sustainable principles have been applied successfully and discussion topics are offered to stimulate thought. Building Ecology will help planners, surveyors, designers and builders to incorporate sustainability into their everyday practice by: · showing which styles of building are ecologically sustainable · providing fundamental knowledge for making decisions using the principles of ecologically sustainable building · explaining a complex subject in a clear, balanced way. Building Ecology sets out the current scientific view of how nature works and how buildings link with and affect nature. It provides fundamental knowledge for building in harmony with nature and keeping Earth’s life-supporting ecosystems healthy.

Materials for a Healthy Ecological and Sustainable Built Environment

Materials for a Healthy  Ecological and Sustainable Built Environment
Author: Emina K. Petrovic,Brenda Vale,Maibritt Pedersen Zari
Publsiher: Woodhead Publishing
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2017-03-23
ISBN: 008100706X
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Materials for a Healthy Ecological and Sustainable Built Environment Book Excerpt:

Principles for Evaluating Building Materials in Sustainable Construction: Healthy and Sustainable Materials for the Built Environment provides a comprehensive overview of the issues associated with the selection of materials for sustainable construction, proposing a holistic and integrated approach. The book evaluates the issues involved in choosing materials from an ecosystem services perspective, from the design stage to the impact of materials on the health of building users. The three main sections of the book discuss building materials in relation to ecosystem services, the implications of materials choice at the design stage, and the impact of materials on building users and their health. The final section focuses on specific case studies that illustrate the richness of solutions that existed before the rise of contemporary construction and that are consistent with a sustainable approach to creating built environments. These are followed by modern examples which apply some, if not all, of the principles discussed in the first three sections of the book. Provides a holistic and integrated approach to the issues associated with the selection of materials for sustainable construction Provides a thorough understanding of ecosystem services based on ecology research for built environment design Provides an original review of the impact of materials on human health Provides case studies to illustrate the points above

The Elements of Architecture

The Elements of Architecture
Author: Scott Drake
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2014-02-04
ISBN: 1317973283
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Elements of Architecture Book Excerpt:

The Elements of Architecture is a clear and well structured introduction to sustainable architecture, which concentrates on general principles to make an accessible and comprehensive primer for undergraduate students. The author takes a fresh and logical approach, focusing on the way aspects of the built environment are experienced by the occupants and how that experience is interpreted in architectural design. He works through basic elements and senses (sun; heat; light; sound; air; water and fire) to explain and frame effective environmental architectural design - not only arguing that the buildings we inhabit should be viewed as extensions of our bodies that interact with and protect us from these elements, but also using this analogy to explain complex ideas in an accessible manner.

Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building

Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building
Author: Marian Keeler,Bill Burke
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2015-02-05
ISBN: 1119103835
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building Book Excerpt:

"Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building offers an introduction to green building concepts as well as design approaches that reduce and can eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuel use in buildings while also conserving materials, maximizing their efficiency, protecting the indoor air from chemical intrusion, and reducing the introduction of toxic materials into the environment. It represents a necessary road map to the future designers, builders, and planners of a post-carbon world." —from the Foreword by Ed Mazria A rich sourcebook covering the breadth of environmental building, Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building introduces the student and practitioner to the history, theory and technology of green building. Using an active learning approach, the concepts of sustainble architecture are explained and reinforced through design problems, research exercises, study questions, team projects, and discussion topics. Chapters by specialists in the green movement round out this survey of all the important issues and developments that students and professionals need to know. From history and philosophy to design technologies and practice, this sweeping resource is sure to be referenced until worn out.

Regenerative Urban Design and Ecosystem Biomimicry

Regenerative Urban Design and Ecosystem Biomimicry
Author: Maibritt Pedersen Zari
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2018-05-20
ISBN: 1351627392
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Regenerative Urban Design and Ecosystem Biomimicry Book Excerpt:

It is clear that the climate is changing and ecosystems are becoming severely degraded. Humans must mitigate the causes of, and adapt to, climate change and the loss of biodiversity, as the impacts of these changes become more apparent and demand urgent responses. These pressures, combined with rapid global urbanisation and population growth mean that new ways of designing, retrofitting and living in cities are critically needed. Incorporating an understanding of how the living world works and what ecosystems do into architectural and urban design is a step towards the creation and evolution of cities that are radically more sustainable and potentially regenerative. Can cities produce their own food, energy, and water? Can they be designed to regulate climate, provide habitat, cycle nutrients, and purify water, air and soil? This book examines and defines the field of biomimicry for sustainable built environment design and goes on to translate ecological knowledge into practical methodologies for architectural and urban design that can proactively respond to climate change and biodiversity loss. These methods are tested and exemplified through a series of case studies of existing cities in a variety of climates. Regenerative Urban Design and Ecosystem Biomimicry will be of great interest to students, professionals and researchers of architecture, urban design, ecology, and environmental studies, as well as those interested in the interdisciplinary study of sustainability, ecology and urbanism.

Sustainability in Construction Engineering

Sustainability in Construction Engineering
Author: Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas,Jonas Šaparauskas,Jurgita Antuchevičienė
Publsiher: MDPI
Total Pages: 495
Release: 2018-09-20
ISBN: 3038971669
Category: Electronic books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainability in Construction Engineering Book Excerpt:

This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue "Sustainability in Construction Engineering" that was published in Sustainability

Portugal SB07 Sustainable Construction Materials and Practices

Portugal SB07 Sustainable Construction  Materials and Practices
Author: Luís Bragança
Publsiher: IOS Press
Total Pages: 1154
Release: 2007-01-01
ISBN: 1586037854
Category: Construction industry
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Portugal SB07 Sustainable Construction Materials and Practices Book Excerpt:

The construction industry is a vibrant and active industry. The building sector is responsible for creating, modifying and improving the living environment of humanity. This volume presents solutions that facilitate and promote the adoption of policies, methods and tools to accelerate the movement towards a global sustainable built environment.

Traditional Construction for a Sustainable Future

Traditional Construction for a Sustainable Future
Author: Carole Ryan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2011-01-13
ISBN: 1134034628
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Traditional Construction for a Sustainable Future Book Excerpt:

Since the spread of classical design and construction amongst the upper echolons of British society in the late seventeenth century, traditional construction methods have largely fallen by the wayside. Centuries later, as the construction industry faces up to its environmental responsibilities, this book explores its rich and ancient tradition to provide tried and trusted solutions to modern day construction problems. By way of introduction, the ancient and historical lifestyles that dictated the nature of traditional construction are explored, before focussing on its health and ecological benefits. As well as cultural background, this book includes a detailed scientific description of traditional building materials and their constituents which draws a sharp contrast with modern petrochemical-based materials. The studies of traditional buildings included reveal the sustainability of features such as natural ventilation and breathing walls, and comparisons with modern construction methods show how they could prevent 'sick building syndrome'. The author argues that maintenance for long life, by contrast with the modern concept of life-cycle costing, is at the nub of sustainability and underlies the contribution traditional building construction can make to tackling climate change. Over 250 original photos, and over fifty bespoke diagrams illustrate the features, techniques, and characteristics of traditional construction that could make such a valuable contribution to the industry today. The inclusion of a close study of how these methods relate to British building regulations makes this book a practical guide for construction professionals, as well as an authoritative resource for students and policy-makers.

Building Design Construction and Performance in Tropical Climates

Building Design  Construction and Performance in Tropical Climates
Author: Mike Riley,Alison Cotgrave,Michael Farragher
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-08-29
ISBN: 1315470519
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building Design Construction and Performance in Tropical Climates Book Excerpt:

The design, construction and use of buildings in tropical climates pose specific challenges to built environment professionals. This text seeks to capture some of the key issues of technology and practice in the areas of building design, refurbishment, construction and facilities management in tropical regions. Using a consistent chapter structure throughout, and incorporating the latest research findings, this book outlines: the functional requirements of buildings in tropical climates; the challenges associated with the sustainability of the built environment, building form and whole life performance in the context of a tropical setting; the impact of potentially hostile tropical conditions upon building pathology and the durability of components, structure and fabric; the tasks which face those responsible for appraising the design, condition, maintenance and conservation of built heritage in tropical regions; the facilities management issues faced in tropical climates; and the refurbishment, upgrade and renewal of the tropical built environment. The book is ideal as a course text for students of Architecture, Construction, Surveying and FM as well as providing a sound reference for practitioners working in these regions.

Proceedings of ECSF 2021

Proceedings of ECSF 2021
Author: Dmitry Ivanov,Aleksandr Panin,Inna Sukhanova
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 358
Release: 2022-05-31
ISBN: 3030998770
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Proceedings of ECSF 2021 Book Excerpt:

The book presents the latest advances, innovations, and applications in the field of innovative medicine facilities, as presented by architects and engineers at the International Scientific and Practical Conference Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure Solutions for Innovative Medicine Facilities, held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 19-21, 2021. It covers a wide diversity of topics, including the global challenges of our time and the challenges of developing the infrastructure of innovative medicine; current issues of engineering and construction of medical facilities during the pandemic; current issues of engineering and construction of biomedical research infrastructure; formation and development of a comfortable environment for the protection of public health; biological and environmental safety in the engineering, construction and technical operation of biomedical facilities. The contributions, which were selected by means of a rigorous international peer-review process, highlight numerous exciting ideas that will spur novel research directions and foster multidisciplinary collaborations.

Assessing Building Performance

Assessing Building Performance
Author: Wolfgang Preiser,Jacqueline Vischer
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2006-08-11
ISBN: 113642797X
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Assessing Building Performance Book Excerpt:

The building performance evaluation (BPE) framework emphasizes an evaluative stance throughout the six phases of the building delivery and life cycle: (1) strategic planning/needs analysis; (2) program review; (3) design review; (4) post-construction evaluation/review; (5) post-occupancy evaluation; and, (6) facilities management review/adaptive reuse. The lessons learned from positive and negative building performance are fed into future building delivery cycles. The case studies illustrate how this basic methodology has been adapted to a range of cultural contexts, and indicates the positive results of building performance assessment in a wide range of situations.

Eco development in China

Eco development in China
Author: Wu Deng,Ali Cheshmehzangi
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 273
Release: 2018-05-08
ISBN: 9811083452
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Eco development in China Book Excerpt:

This book explores China’s eco-development strategies and practices from a multi-scalar perspective, discussing the importance of interplay between multi spatial levels of the built environment, as well as the stakeholders who are key players for China’s eco-development. Based on a selection of eco-development Chinese case studies - eco-city, eco-community and eco-building - it highlights how specific eco initiatives and green features are applied and practiced, offering a guide to China’s strategy directions and design and planning trends. The book identifies gaps and strategies and solutions for future eco-development expected to take place in China in the coming decades, as well as useful references for eco-development in other countries, and provides a useful resource for studies in the fields of urbanism, sustainable development and eco-design.

City of Layers

City of Layers
Author: Mark Urizar
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2012-04-20
ISBN: 1469191989
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

City of Layers Book Excerpt:

Society seems to be tied irrevocably to long-term patterns of resource use, and to producing unassimilatable waste, emissions, and ongoing environmental degradation. There also are seemingly irresolvable dilemmas between humanity and nature, society and ecology, and utility and beauty, where each decision we make seems to cause some harm. To change from our present path and resolve these, we must have the courage to break from traditions and use our knowhow to progressively and creatively enhance the existing built form so a new built reality emerges, one that enriches people and possibly enables a sustainable future. This alternate path necessitates a holistic approach, one that can more effectively merge and better utilise the disciplines of architecture, engineering, art, sciences and business to integrate the many different parts within the built environment, and produce a vibrant, viable new whole. With this approach, we could begin to transform the built environment into an entity that virtually replicates and functions as a natural sustainable system. Every decision we make is important. What practices, processes, technologies are applied, to how built elements are designed, placed, structured, configured and interfaced, are all important. These determine what eventuates; the built form, architecture, and the ultimate ‘appropriateness’ of the resulting outcome. By determining what is ‘appropriate’, this book provides a retrospective view of the semi-static present built environment with its many in-place processes, issues, constraints, and opportunities, and postulates what is required by visualising the possible alternatives for the always growing built environment. These provide a useful insight into how the built form and urban life can be enhanced, and thereby also how humanity can use architecture to live in a more equitable balance, possibly in harmony and sustainably with nature.

Architecture In Use

Architecture In Use
Author: DJM van der Voordt,HBR van Wegen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 326
Release: 2007-06-01
ISBN: 1136428399
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Architecture In Use Book Excerpt:

This unique book discusses programming, design and building evaluation providing a ‘joined up’ approach to building design. By linking the functional and architectonic qualities of a building, the authors show the practical implications of the utility value of buildings. Starting by looking at how the relationship between form and function has been dealt with by different approaches to architecture from a historical perspective, it goes on to discuss how the desired functional quality and utility value of a building can be expressed in a brief and given a physical form by the architect. Finally, it advises on how to carry out post-occupancy evaluation and provides the architect with methods and techniques for testing whether the intended utility value of a building has been achieved.

Architecture Sustainable Development vol 1

Architecture   Sustainable Development  vol 1
Author: Magali Bodart,Arnaud Evrard
Publsiher: Presses univ. de Louvain
Total Pages: 920
Release: 2011-07-01
ISBN: 2874632767
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Architecture Sustainable Development vol 1 Book Excerpt:

This book of Proceedings presents the latest thinking and research in the rapidly evolving world of architecture and sustainable development through 255 selected papers by authors coming from over 60 countries.

Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials

Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials
Author: Thiru Aravinthan,Warna (Karu) Karunasena,Hao Wang
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 914
Release: 2008-11-20
ISBN: 1482266504
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials Book Excerpt:

Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials is a collection of peer-reviewed papers presented at the 20th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM20, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 2 - 5 December 2008) by academics, researchers and practicing engineers mainly from Austral

Designing for Hope

Designing for Hope
Author: Dominique Hes,Chrisna du Plessis
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2014-10-17
ISBN: 1317626982
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Designing for Hope Book Excerpt:

A forward looking book on sustainable design that describes problems and then, by providing a different way to conceptualise design and development, leads on to examples of regenerative solutions. Its aim is to move the discussion away from doing less, but still detracting from our ecological capital, to positively contributing and adding to this capital. This book offers a hopeful response to the often frightening changes and challenges we face; arguing that we can actively create a positive and abundant future through mindful, contributive engagement that is rooted in a living systems based worldview. Concepts and practices such as Regenerative Development, Biophilic Design, Biomimicry, Permaculture and Positive Development are explored through interviews and case studies from the built environment to try and answer questions such as: ‘How can projects focus on creating a positive ecological footprint and contribute to community?’; How can we as practitioners restore and enrich the relationships in our projects?; and ‘How does design focus hope and create a positive legacy?’

Biotechnologies and Biomimetics for Civil Engineering

Biotechnologies and Biomimetics for Civil Engineering
Author: Fernando Pacheco Torgal,J. A. Labrincha,M. V. Diamanti,C.-P. Yu,H. K. Lee
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 437
Release: 2014-08-16
ISBN: 3319092871
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biotechnologies and Biomimetics for Civil Engineering Book Excerpt:

Putting forward an innovative approach to solving current technological problems faced by human society, this book encompasses a holistic way of perceiving the potential of natural systems. Nature has developed several materials and processes which both maintain an optimal performance and are also totally biodegradable, properties which can be used in civil engineering. Delivering the latest research findings to building industry professionals and other practitioners, as well as containing information useful to the public, ‘Biotechnologies and Biomimetics for Civil Engineering’ serves as an important tool to tackle the challenges of a more sustainable construction industry and the future of buildings.

Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment

Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment
Author: Michael Y. MAK,Albert Ting-pat SO
Publsiher: City University of HK Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-02-01
ISBN: 9629371723
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment Book Excerpt:

Feng Shui is a body of ancient Chinese knowledge that aims at creating a harmony between environment, buildings and people. It represented the most significant set of architectural theory and practice in Chinese history. Feng Shui knowledge reflected the traditional Chinese attitudes towards the natural and built environment. With a desire to improve the relationship between human and the environment, there is an increasing interest for architects, building professionals and other property practitioners to apply the concepts of Feng Shui in building design. As Feng Shui knowledge represents a holistic view in creating harmonized built environment, research into the application of Feng Shui to the built environment needs to be addressed.

Managing the Building Design Process

Managing the Building Design Process
Author: Gavin Tunstall
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2006-08-14
ISBN: 1136381910
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Managing the Building Design Process Book Excerpt:

Managing the Building Design Process explains the designer’s role in the creation of new buildings from the development of the plan through to completion. One key case study is used throughout the book so that the reader can clearly follow the process leading to the creation of a new building. This new edition expands on the first edition including sections on CAD and sustainability; incorporating updates to legislation and adding new illustrations as well as discussion points and useful references at the end of every chapter. Gavin Tunstall is an architect and a lecturer in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, UK.