Sustainable Architectures

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Overview

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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'This is a treatise by competent and regionally diverse authors which deserves the most careful study.' - Architectural Science Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415700443
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the paradoxes of sustainable architecture 1
Pt. A Modelling design 13
2 Hybrid environments : the spaces of sustainable design 15
3 Theory, practice and proof : learning from buildings that teach 31
4 The social construction of 'green building' codes : competing models by industry, government and NGOs 51
Pt. B Responding design
5 The politics of design in cities : preconceptions, frameworks and trajectories of sustainable building 73
6 Equal couples in equal houses : cultural perspectives on Swedish solar and bio-pellet heating design 89
Pt. C Competing design 105
7 Safe houses and green architecture : reflections on the lessons of the chemically sensitive 107
8 Revaluing wood 123
9 Policing sustainability : strategies towards a sustainable architecture in Norway 145
Pt. D Alternative design 163
10 Green buildings in Denmark : from radical ecology to consumer-oriented market approaches? 165
11 Leaky walls : challenges to sustainable practices in post-disaster communities 185
12 Social research on energy-efficient building technologies : towards a sociotechnical integration 201
13 Reflection and engagement : towards pluralist practices of sustainable architecture 221
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