1st Edition

Better Buildings
Learning from Buildings in Use

ISBN 9781859465868
Published June 21, 2017 by RIBA Publishing
192 Pages

USD $61.95

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Book Description

This book started life as a successor to Sustainable Architecture, published in 2007, which set out to prove that sustainable architecture can indeed both ‘lift the spirit’ as well as save the planet. This fully revised edition seeks to take a step further, exploring how sustainable buildings are occupied and work, and sheds light on the methods used to observe this. Through short essays from thought-leaders and case studies of visually stunning, environmentally ground-breaking projects, Better Buildings provides architects with the inspiration and tools they need to deliver sustainable design.

Table of Contents


1. Building Performance Evaluation? 

Richard Partington  

2. Learning from the Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation Programme

Tom Kordel 

3. Low energy buildings: Delivering theory in practice 

Bill Gething 

4. Designing low energy buildings 

Simon Bradbury 

5. Learning through practice

Mark Lumley  

6. Sustainable buildings a design challenge 

Judit Kimpian 

7. Energy performance

Bill Bordass 

Case Studies Introduction to the case studies  

1. Woodlands Trust 

2. Greenfields Office 

3. John Hope Gateway 

4. Crawley library  

5. St Lukes School  

6. Wilkinson School 

7. WWF Headquarters  

8. One Brighton  

9. Derwenthorpe 

10.Lancaster co-housing  Conclusion

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Richard Partington is a co-founder and director of Richard Partington Architects. He is a sustainability expert to the Ministerial Advisory Group in Northern Ireland and is a Design Council CAME enabler. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University, UCL, and University of Wales, Cardiff.

Simon Bradbury is a lecturer in Sustainable Design at the University of Plymouth. Simon's research focuses on performance in housing and its relationship to socioeconomic constraints, as well as urban systems, sustainable cities and adaptation and mitigation policy.