Sustainable Construction / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Taylor & Francis
It has taken a very long time for sustainable development to be recognised as a justified restraint on inappropriate development and a primary driver of improving quality of life for all.
For designers, clients and project managers this means we have to create healthy buildings and places which support communities, enhance biodiversity and contribute to reversing unsustainable trends in pollution and resource consumption. It is a very positive agenda.
This groundbreaking book will help all building design, management and cost professionals to understand sustainable design and provide the technical skills needed to implement the most up-to-date concepts. Based on a hugely successful series of workshops for professionals in construction, the book covers the history of ideas, materials, measurement - both cost and benchmarking performance - environmental services, and the building design and delivery process through to post-occupancy evaluation. It covers individual buildings and the urban scale.
Sustainable Construction is a master-class in how to achieve practical, affordable, replicable, sustainable design.
It has something new and often surprising in it for everybody in the construction industry.
For the Architect and Engineer it gives chapter and verse to the basic design issues at all scales and through the whole of the plan of work
For Quantity Surveyors and cost professionals it challenges current conventions with researched case study evidence"
For clients and project managers it outlines the drivers and the justification for a sustainable approach and outlines the legislative framework; and it gives guidance on procurement and project and site management issues
For contractors and developers it contains a wealth of case study material, rooted in practical experience and economic reality.
For teachers and students it will bust myths, liberate thinking and inform design
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.