The Chair on Ecodesign for buildings and infrastructures was created by ParisTech in partnership with VINCI with the aim of developing evaluation and simulation tools that integrate all ecodesign aspects (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, impact on biodiversity, depletion of resources, etc.) and provide genuine decision-aid instruments, based on a scientific approach, to all those involved in the urban environment (i.e. designers, builders and users).
The present book takes stock of five years of research under the Chair. It starts by presenting some methodological bases of ecodesign, life cycle assessments, impact studies, and methods for planning and transport. Several specific subjects are then covered, i.e. public transport, parking, road traffic, the environmental profile of building materials, building retrofits, energy management, and biodiversity. The last part of the book sets out how the knowledge and tools developed under the Chair were applied to a case study: Cité Descartes in Marne la Vallée (Ile de France).
This work is aimed at urban planners, local authorities, contracting clients, architects, engineering firms, contractors, building managers, research lecturers, and anyone interested in the environmental quality of the places we live in.
"The book is well-presented and is a good mix between new insights on a theoretical level, detailed description of models and tools and application possibilities in the case study. It is founded on well-known environmental approaches and builds on new insights into current sustainable-oriented techniques.
Due to the multiple approaches, the book is of interest to a large community of urban and transportation planners, architects, building-oriented engineers and contractors. It is aimed at professionals researchers and teachers in the field of energy, life cycle and environmental impact as well as local authorities and teachers."
Prof. Niklaus Kohler, professor at the Department of Architecture, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.