Eco-Resorts is a design guide for low impact, environmentally friendly tourist resorts in the tropics. The book is the first to offer architects practical, detailed guidance in developing resort buildings that work with a tropical climate and meet the needs and expectations of the client and building inhabitants.
The book includes both architectural design and material solutions, supported by theoretical principles, to present a sustainable approach to resort design. It demonstrates that tropical resort buildings do not necessarily require large energy input, in compliance with green building standards. Case studies show how principles of sustainable design have been successfully applied in tropical environments.
Introduction; Part I: Tourism and the Tropics; The question of sustainability and tourism; Part II: Indoor environment control in the tropics; The question of comfort; Part III: Tropical resort design; The question of the environmental response; Part IV: Case studies; The question of practicality; Center for Study of Sustainable resort Development, US Virgin Islands; Praia do Forte resort, Brazil; Sierra LloronaLodge, Panama; Shangri-La Caribe Resort, Playa de Carmen, Mexico; In Ka'an Lodge, Yakutan, Mexico; Kosi Forest Camp, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Epupa Camp, Kaokoveld, Namibia; Gayana Island Resort, Malaysia; Amandari resort, Bali, Indonesia; Eco Beach Retreat, Cape Villaret; Seven Spirit Wilderness Lodge, Arnhem Land; References and bibliography; Index.