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Sustainable Construction / Edition 1

Sustainable Construction / Edition 1

by Sandy Halliday


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ISBN-13: 9780750663946
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/23/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sandy Halliday established her own research & consultancy practice in 1996 to develop sustainable solutions for the built environment. Gaia Research is the newest part of the Gaia Group network, which also comprises Gaia Architects in Edinburgh and Birnam, Gaia Planning and Gaia Group Norway. This facilitates collaborative working with architectural, engineering, urban design and landscape practices and reflects the nature of the construction industry's research requirements in responding to the challenge of sustainable construction.   Gaia Research is a member of Gaia International - a federation of building and urban design practices in Europe who share information on best practice on a regular basis.  

Table of Contents

1. Sustainability drivers 2. Policy and legislation 3. Cost Issues 4. Appraisal Tools & Techniques 5. Materials selection 6. Low-impact construction 7. Environmental Design: Heating, Cooling & Ventilation 8. Energy Generation 9. Lighting & Daylighting 10. Water & Sewage Management 11. Construction Processes 12. Urban Ecology

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Tango More than 1 year ago
Although there is a compelling need for designing and building sustainable, urban developments, what passes for sustainable-or "green"-building these days often comes up short. As an architect, I snicker at the green claims that have exploded in the building products industry. The mere attribute of recycled content, for instance, can now make a conventional product suddenly "green." But you don't have to dig too far into the research literature to learn that little or nothing we are doing is sustainable. Hence, many of my fellow professionals have become cynical, claiming that the "fad" of sustainable design is a shallow exercise. But after reading Thomas Fisher's book "Architectural Design and Ethics," I knew that it was not only a substantive goal, but absolutely necessary if we are going to leave a stable world for future generations-starting with, no less than, the very next one. So, the logical step for me was to discover the over-arching issues that comprise real sustainability. Perhaps if I did this, I could return to the kind of ethical practice for which Fisher so passionately argues. That is when I sought out Sandy Halliday, an expert in sustainable building technology in the UK for many years. In her book, "Sustainable Construction," she outlines the essential criteria by which buildings must now be judged. They must: Enhance biodiversity, support communities, use resources effectively, minimize pollution, create healthy (interior and exterior) environments, and manage the stewardship of the design and construction process itself. These criteria-points establish the organization of the book. What struck me in particular is how far-reaching these requirements are. It isn't enough to minimize your impact on the land, but to actually improve its habitat. That a building must not satisfy only the needs of its owner, or its occupants, or the developer, but contribute to the aspirations of the community in which it stands, places a significant but necessary burden on designers and their developer-clients that they rarely have ever had to bear. Ms. Halliday, who has worked in appropriate building technology research since the middle 80s, knows the pitfalls and easy answers that befall popular movements. For instance, she is thoroughly versed in the various methods and tools available to assess the performance of what we finally build, but warns that many of the tools "rely on numbers," and "in the hands of the inexperienced they can give undue emphasis to what is readily measurable at the expense of broader concerns or discrete interactions." Instead, she admonishes designers and their clients to "understand the breadth and comparative value of different techniques in order to best assess their real contribution to a sustainable future." In the final analysis, what is sustainable is not necessarily limiting "the number of babies, cars, or refrigerators that put stress on an environment," but rather the efficient use of resources while minimizing pollution and net waste that arise in their manufacture and consumption. Our current green building boom is a move in the right direction.