The Whole Building Handbook: How to Design Healthy, Efficient and Sustainable Buildings

The Whole Building Handbook: How to Design Healthy, Efficient and Sustainable Buildings

by Varis Bokalders, Maria Block
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844078337

ISBN-13: 9781844078332

Pub. Date: 03/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Whole Building Handbook is a compendium of all the issues and strategies that architects need to understand to design and construct sustainable buildings for a sustainable society. The authors move beyond the current definition of sustainability in architecture, which tends to focus on energy-efficiency, to include guidance for architecture that promotes social

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The Whole Building Handbook is a compendium of all the issues and strategies that architects need to understand to design and construct sustainable buildings for a sustainable society. The authors move beyond the current definition of sustainability in architecture, which tends to focus on energy-efficiency, to include guidance for architecture that promotes social cohesion, personal health, renewable energy sources, water and waste recycling systems, permaculture, energy conservation - and crucially, buildings in relation to their place.

The authors offer a holistic approach to sustainable architecture and authoritative technical advice, on:
* How to design and construct healthy buildings, through choosing suitable materials, healthy service systems, and designing a healthy and comfortable indoor climate, including solutions for avoiding problems with moisture, radon and noise as well as how to facilitate cleaning and maintenance.
* How to design and construct buildings that use resources efficiently, where heating and cooling needs and electricity use is minimized and water-saving technologies and garbage recycling technologies are used.
* How to 'close' organic waste, sewage, heat and energy cycles. For example, how to design a sewage system that recycles nutrients.
* Includes a section on adaptation of buildings to local conditions, looking at how a site must be studied with respect to nature, climate and community structure as well as human activities.

The result is a comprehensive, thoroughly illustrated and carefully structured textbook and reference.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844078332
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
704
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Healthy Buildings 2. Conservation and Efficiency 3. Ecocycles 4. Place Index

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