Designing Zero Carbon Buildings Embodied and Operational Emissions in Achieving True Zero
In this significantly revised third edition, Designing Zero Carbon Buildings combines embodied and operational emissions into a structured approach for achieving zero emissions by a specific year with certainty.
Simulation and quantitative methods are introduced in parallel with analogue scale models to demonstrate how things work in buildings. Where equations are provided, this is also explained with common analogue objects, pictures, and narratives. A Zero Equation introduced in this book is not only explained as an equation but also as an analogy with a jam jar and spoons, making the book accessible for a range of audiences. Tasks for simple experiments, exercises, discussion questions, and summaries of design principles are provided in closing lines of chapters.
This book introduces new case studies, in addition to an updated case study of the Birmingham Zero Carbon House, applying embodied and operational emissions to assess their status using the Zero Equation. The approach introduced brings about a sense of realism into what true zero emissions mean. Written for students, educators, architects, engineers, modellers, practising designers, sustainability consultants, and others, it is a major positive step towards design thinking that makes achieving zero carbon emissions a reality.
Part 1: Zero carbon: why and how? 1. Introduction 2. Methods and tools for determining embodied emissions 3. Methods and tools for determining operational emissions 4. Weather and climate Part 2: Embodied emissions context 5. Working out embodied emissions in a building Part 3: Operational emissions context 6. Site issues 7. Building geometry 8. Thermal insulation and air tightness 9. Solar gain 10. Solar shading design 11. Thermal mass 12. Natural and mechanical ventilation 13. Natural daylight 14. Electrical lighting and its integration with natural daylight 15. Internal heat gains, heating and cooling 16. Renewable energy Part 4: Designing true zero 17. Designing for thermal comfort 18. Designing for negative operational emissions 19. Designing embodied and operational emissions to target zero emissions year for a building 20. Post occupancy monitoring and performance evaluation Part 5: Practice, Research, and Policy Development Support 21. Practice: Case Studies 22. Where the field is going – Research and Policy Development Support 23. Conclusions and future prospect