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Environmental Design

An Introduction for Architects and Engineers, 3rd Edition

Edited by Randall Thomas

Taylor & Francis

272 pages

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Written and edited by a team of specialists at Max Fordham LLP, one of the UK’s leading environmental and building services engineering consultancies, Environmental Design is the result of their extensive experience in designing environmentally-friendly buildings. The principles of their approach, which they have taught in numerous schools of architecture and engineering, are clearly presented here.

The book starts with some basic scientific principles and environmental issues and then moves on to site planning, energy use, materials and building form. Natural ventilation systems, high-efficiency mechanical equipment and alternative energy sources are also covered. State-of-the-art buildings of exceptional quality are incorporated throughout the text and illustrate the authors’ belief that environmentally responsible architecture can be visually exciting. They conclude with a selection of detailed case studies of award-winning projects – including, new for this third edition, Beaufort Court, King's Langley and the National Trust Headquarters, Swindon.

This book is essential reading for architects, engineers, planners and students of these disciplines.


'A good introduction to environmental design' – Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Edward Cullinan Preface by Max Fordham Units and Abbreviations Part 1 1. Strategies Max Fordham 2. Comfort, health and environmental physics Bill Watts 3. Buildings and energy balances Bill Watts and Randall Thomas 4. Building planning and design Randall Thomas 5. Site planning Randall Thomas 6. Materials and construction Randall Thomas 7. Energy sources Ramiro Godoy 8. Lighting Randall Thomas 9. Engineering thermal comfort Randall Thomas 10. Water, waste disposal and appliances Mike Entwisle, Randall Thomas and Adam Ritchie Part 2 11. RMC International Headquarters Bart Stevens 12. Queens Building, De Montfort University Edith Blennerhassett 13. The Charles Cryer Studio Theatre Colin Hamilton 14. The Environmental Building, Building Research Establishment Randall Thomas and Bart Stevens 15. The Millennium Centre, Dagenham Randall Thomas 16. The Bedales Theatre Randall Thomas 17. Beaufort Court, Kings Langley Tamsin Tweddell 18. National Trust Headquarters, Swindon Guy Nevill Appendices A. Environmental data and the psychrometric chart Randall Thomas B. Calculation Procedures Randall Thomas C. Acoustics Randall Thomas and Anthony Chilton D. Photovoltaics Randall Thomas and Lorna Markham

About the Editor

Randall Thomas has been active in practice and teaching for over thirty years. He is visiting Professor in Architectural Science at Kingston University, UK, and has been a Partner of Max Fordham LLP since 1987.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial
SCIENCE / Environmental Science