1st Edition

Environmental Design Sourcebook Innovative Ideas for a Sustainable Built Environment

By William McLean, Pete Silver Copyright 2021
    208 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    How do we design in a climate emergency? A new social and ecological prerogative demands appropriate material choices, a re-invention of construction and evolving building programmes that look at lifecycle, embodied energy and energy use. Highly illustrated with practical information and simple explanations for design ideas, this book is the perfect introduction to sustainable design for architecture students. It presents key concepts in relation to the embodied energy of construction, material properties and environmental performance of buildings in an accessible way. In explaining the principles and technologies by which we heat, cool, moderate and mitigate, it demystifies environmental design as a technical exercise and enables students to create sustainable buildings with impact. Keep this sourcebook with you. Features: Amphibious House (Baca Architects), Ashen Cabin (HANNAH), Bunhill 2 Energy Centre (Ramboll, Cullinan Studio, McGurk Architects and Colloide), Cork House (Matthew Barnett Howland, Oliver Wilton and Dido Milne), Dymaxion House (Richard Buckminster Fuller), Eastgate Centre (Mick Pearce), Neuron Pod (Will Alsop – aLL Design and AKT II), Quik House (Adam Kalkin) and Tension Pavilion (StructureMode and Weber Industries). Covers: Acoustics, bamboo construction, biopolymer, bioremediation, CLT, climatic envelope, computational fluid dynamics, earthen architecture, fabric formwork, hempcrete, insulation, mycelium biofabrication, paper construction, passive solar heating, pneumatic structures, solar geometry, tensegrity structures, thermal mass and more.


    1. Climate and Human Comfort

    1.01 Human Comfort

    1.02 Solar Geometry

    1.03 Wind, Air Movement and Ventilation

    1.04 Acoustics – Noise, Sound, Music and Architecture – Paul Bavister

    1.05 Designing for Different Climatic Zones – John Farrell (xc02)

    1.06 The Climatic Envelope

    1.07 Thermal Mass

    1.08 Thermal Insulation

    1.09 Computational Fluid Dynamics

    1.10 Psychrometric Chart: Extending the Comfort Envelope – John Farrell (xc02)

    2. Materials Technology

    2.01 Bio-Polymer: Made of Air – Allison Dring; Daniel Schwaag (Made of Air GmbH)

    2.02 Bio-Polymer: Spatium Gelatum – Zbigniew Oksiuta (Rensselaer)

    2.03 Cardboard and paper construction – Shigeru Ban (Shigeru Ban Architects)

    2.04 Cement Replacement Materials

    2.05 Composites: Fibre Reinforced Polymer – John Hutchinson (Ecos McLean)

    2.06 Heat-motors: Deployable Shutters – Dr Christopher Leung (UCL)

    2.07 Hempcrete: Hempcrete Blocks and ‘Strocks’ – H. G. Matthews Brickworks

    2.08 Lime - John Hutchinson (Ecos Maclean)

    2.09 Mycelium Biofabrication – Biohm

    2.10 Thermobimetal: Bloom – Prof Doris Sung (USC School of Architecture)

    3. Construction Technology

    3.01 Bamboo Construction – Jan Balbaligo (Carbonmade)

    3.02 Earthen Architecture: Drone-sprayed mud – Stéphanie Chaltiel (MuDD Architects)

    3.03 Earthen Architecture: Rammed Earth Construction – Rowland Keable (Rammed Earth Consulting)

    3.04 Fabric Formwork: Minishell – Dr Dante Bini (Binisystems)

    3.05 Pneumatic Structures: Desert Cloud – Graham Stevens

    3.06 Steel Monocoque Construction: The Neuron Pod – Will Alsop + AKT II

    3.07 Steel Upcycled Shipping Containers: Quik House – Adam Kalkin

    3.08 Tensegrity Structures: Tension Pavilion – Geoff Morrow (StructureMode)

    3.09 Timber Gridshell Structures: Mannheim – Frei Otto, Carlfried Mutschler and Joachim Langner

    3.10 Timber (Cross-laminated): CLT – Waugh Thistleton

    4. Heating, Cooling and Remediation

    4.01 Bio-Remediation: Eco-Machines – Dr John Todd (John Todd Ecological Design)

    4.02 Evaporative Cooling: Porous Ceramic – Rosa Schiano-Phan (University of Westminster)

    4.03 Heat Pump (Ground Source): Energy Piles® – Skanska

    4.04 Heat Pump (Air Source): Bunhill 2 Energy Centre – Ramboll, Cullinan, McGurk Architects, Colloide

    4.05 Heliostat: The Sun Mirrors of Rjukan – Martin Anderson and Bosch Rexroth.

    4.06 Bio-remediation: Smog Eating Façade – Allison Dring; Daniel Schwaag – Elegant Embellishments

    4.07 Passive Solar Heating: Zome House – Steve Baer & Holly Baer – Zomeworks®

    4.08 Thermal Storage: Skytherm, Solar Roof Pond technology – Harold Hay

    4.09 Thermal Labyrinth: Federation Square – Atelier Ten

    4.10 Wind Catcher (badgir) – Yazd, Iran

    5. Building Case Studies

    5.01 Amphibious House – Richard Coutts and Robert Barker (BACA)

    5.02 Cork House – Matthew Barnett-Howland, Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton

    5.03 Dymaxion House – Richard Buckminster Fuller

    5.04 Eastgate Centre – Mick Pearce

    5.05 Halley VI – Hugh Broughton

    5.06 House in a Garden – Gianni Botsford Architects

    5.07 ICT Building – Enric Ruiz Geli (Cloud 9)

    5.08 Maison Tropicale – Jean and Henri Prouvé

    5.09 Mongolian Ger (Yurt) – Urangua Sodnomjamts

    5.10 1970s House St Albans – Scott Batty


    Will McLean and Pete Silver teach at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster and are the co-authors of Fabrication (2006), Introduction to Architectural Technology (2013), Structural Engineering for Architects (2014) and Air Structures (2015).