Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design

Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design

by Ken Yeang



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470852910
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/12/2006
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 10.61(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

Ken Yeang is an architect-planner, and one of the foremost ecodesigners, theoreticians and thinkers in the field of green design. After having studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London, his work on the green agenda started in the 70s with his doctoral dissertation for the University of Cambridge on ecological design and planning. Yeang is the author of several books on ecological design, including The Skyscraper, Bioclimatically Considered: A Design Primer (1996) published by Wiley-Academy, and The Green Skyscraper: The Basis for Designing Sustainable Intensive Buildings (1999) published by Prestel (Germany). He is the distinguished Plym Professor at the University of Illinois and Adjunct Professor at the University of Malaya and University of Hawaii (at Manoa) and recently received a D. Lit. (Hon) from the University of Sheffield. He is an Honorary FAIA and has served on the RIBA Council. A principal of Llewlleyn Davies Yeang (UK) and its sister firm, Hamzah & Yeang (Malaysia), Ken Yeang is well known for designing signature green high-performance buildings and master plans, and for his pursuit of an ecological aesthetic in his designs.

Table of Contents


Chapter A. General Premises and Strategies.

A1 What is ecodesign?

A2 The objective of ecodesign.

A3 The basis for ecodesign.

A4 Ecomimicry.

A5 The general law and theoretical basis for ecodesign.

Chapter B. Design Instructions.

B1 Interrogate the premises for the design.

B2 Differentiate whether the design is for a product (with no fixed abode or with a temporary abode) or for a structure or an infrastructure (both abode or site specific).

B3 Determine the level of environmental integration that can be achieved in the design.

B4 Evaluate the ecological history of the site (for the designed system).

B5 Inventory the designed system's ecosystem (site-specific design).

B6 Delineate the designed system's boundary as a human-made or composite ecosystem in relation to the site's ecosystem.

B7 Design to balance the biotic and abiotic components of the designed system.

B8 Design to improve existing, and to create new ecological linkages.

B9 Design to reduce the heat-island effect of the built environment on the ecology of the locality.

B10 Design to reduce the consequences of the various modes of transportation and of the provision of access and vehicular parking for the designed system.

B11 Design to integrate with the wider planning context and urban infrastructure of the designed system.

B12 Design for improved internal comfort conditions (of the designed system as an enclosure).

B13 Design to optimise all passive-mode (or bioclimatic design) options in the designed system.

B14 Design to optimise all mixed-mode options in the designed system.

B15 Design to optimise all full-mode options in the designed system.

B16 Design to optimise productive-mode options in the designed system.

B17 Design to optimise composite-mode options in the designed system.

B18 Design to internally integrate biomass with the designed system's inorganic mass (eg by means of internal landscaping, improved indoor air quality (IAQ) considerations, etc).

B19 Design for water conservation, recycling, harvesting, etc.

B20 Design for wastewater and sewage treatment and recycling systems.

B21 Design for food production and independence.

B22 Design the built system's use of materials to minimise waste based on the analogy with the recycling properties of the ecosystem.

B23 Design for vertical integration.

B24 Design to reduce light and noise pollution of the ecosystems.

B25 Designing the built environment as the transient management of materials and energy input flows.

B26 Designing to converse the use of non-renewable energy and material resources.

B27 Design for the management of outputs from the built environment and their integration with the natural environment.

B28 Design the built system over its life cycle from source to reintegration.

B29 Design using environmentally benign materials, furniture, fittings, equipment (FF&E) and products that can be continuously reused, recycled and reintegrated.

B30 Design to reduce the use of ecosystem and biospheric services and impacts on the shared global environment (systemic integration)

B31 Reassess the overall design (ie product, structure or infrastructure) in its totality for the level of environmental integration over its life cycle.

Chapter C. Other Considerations.

C1 What is the green aesthetic?

C2 Issues of practice.

C3 The future of ecodesign.

C4 Appendix 1.

C5 Appendix 2.

C6 Appendix 3.




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