Industrial ecology provides a sound means of systematising the various ideas which come under the banner of sustainable construction and provides a model for the design, operation and ultimate disposal of buildings.
'This volume contains a stimulating discussion on an interesting new aspect of building science, and the contributions are by no means uniformly pro-green.' - Architectural Science Review
Contents: Foreword. Preface. Introduction. 1. Defining an Ecology of Construction. Part 1. The Ecologists. 2. Material Circulation, Energy Hierarchy, and Building Construction. 3. On Complexity Theory, Exergy, and Industrial Ecology, 4. Applying the Principles of Ecological Emergence to Building Design and Construction. 5. Using Ecological Dynamics to Move Towards an Adaptive Architecture. Part 2. The Industrial Ecologists. 6. Minimizing Waste Emissions from the Built Environment. 7. Industrial Ecology and the Built Environment. 8. Construction Ecology and Metabolism. 9. Construction Ecology. Part 3. The Architects. 10. Ecologic Analogues and Architecture. 11. Natural Metabolism as the Basis for "Intelligent" Architecture. 12. Green Architecture. Conclusions. Glossary Index.