Sustainable Architectures

Sustainable Architectures

by Simon Guy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415700442

ISBN-13: 9780415700443

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

As buildings are responsible for fifty per cent of CO2 emissions, their design has become the focus of intense technical scrutiny. Knowing how to build more technically efficient, or ecologically responsible, buildings, and being able to assemble the social resources to do so, requires different forms of knowledge and practice. There is wide contestation

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As buildings are responsible for fifty per cent of CO2 emissions, their design has become the focus of intense technical scrutiny. Knowing how to build more technically efficient, or ecologically responsible, buildings, and being able to assemble the social resources to do so, requires different forms of knowledge and practice. There is wide contestation over the optimal pathways to greener buildings design and great diversity in practices of sustainable architecture.

This volume brings together leading researchers from across the European Union and North America both to illustrate the diversity of practice and to provide a critical commentary on this key debate. The reader is provided with an introduction to competing perspectives on the sustainable architecture debate, international exemplars of differing practice and an overview of new theoretical and methodological resources for understanding and meeting the conceptual, social and technical challenges of sustainable architecture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415700443
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : the paradoxes of sustainable architecture1
Pt. AModelling design13
2Hybrid environments : the spaces of sustainable design15
3Theory, practice and proof : learning from buildings that teach31
4The social construction of 'green building' codes : competing models by industry, government and NGOs51
Pt. BResponding design
5The politics of design in cities : preconceptions, frameworks and trajectories of sustainable building73
6Equal couples in equal houses : cultural perspectives on Swedish solar and bio-pellet heating design89
Pt. CCompeting design105
7Safe houses and green architecture : reflections on the lessons of the chemically sensitive107
8Revaluing wood123
9Policing sustainability : strategies towards a sustainable architecture in Norway145
Pt. DAlternative design163
10Green buildings in Denmark : from radical ecology to consumer-oriented market approaches?165
11Leaky walls : challenges to sustainable practices in post-disaster communities185
12Social research on energy-efficient building technologies : towards a sociotechnical integration201
13Reflection and engagement : towards pluralist practices of sustainable architecture221

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