1st Edition

Environmental Design Sourcebook
Innovative Ideas for a Sustainable Built Environment

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ISBN 9781859469606
August 2, 2021 Forthcoming by RIBA Publishing
208 Pages

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Book Description

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, energy use and relative sustainability. 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, environmental performance of buildings and more. Inspirational, informative and highly illustrated, it demystifies environmental design as a technical exercise and enables students to understand the principles and technologies by which we heat, cool, moderate and mitigate. Includes coverage on solar geometry, acoustics, climatic envelope, thermal mass, insulation, computational fluid dynamics, bio-polymer, paper construction, hempcrete, mycelium biofabrication, bamboo construction, earthen architecture, fabric formwork, pneumatic structures, tensegrity structures, CLT, bio-remediation, heat pumps, passive solar heating and more.

Table of Contents


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

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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).