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Introduction to Architectural Science

The Basis of Sustainable Design, 3rd Edition

By Steven V. Szokolay

© 2014 – Routledge

392 pages

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Now in its third edition, this book provides the ideal reference to the physical basis of architectural design.

Fully updated and expanded throughout, the book provides the data required for architects to design buildings that will maintain the users comfort in a variety of conditions, with minimal reliance on energy intensive methods like air conditioning. This essential reference equips the reader with the tools to realize the full potential of the good intentions of sustainable, bioclimatic design.

All sections have been revised and updated for this third edition including all the most relevant developments affecting heat, light and sound controls. This new edition provides additional coverage on the following areas:

  • Water sources and supply

  • Waste disposal

  • Energy sources and supply (especially renewables)

  • Sustainability issues

This is not a ‘how to’ book but answers the question why; responding to the need of understanding beyond ‘rules of thumb’.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Heat: The Thermal Environment 1.1 Physics of Heat 1.2 Thermal Comfort 1.3 Climate 1.4 Thermal behaviour of buildings 1.5 Thermal design: passive controls 1.6 Active controls: HVAC Part II: Light: The Luminous Envrionment 2.1 Physics of Light 2.2 Vision 2.3 Daylight and Sunlight 2.4 Design Methods 2.5 Electric Lighting Part III: Sound: The Sonic Environment 3.1 Physics of Sound 3.2 Hearing 3.3 Noise Control 3.4 Room Acoustics Part IV: Resources 4.1 Water and Wastes 4.2 Energy 4.3 Renewable Energy 4.4 Energy Use 4.5 Sustainability Issues References Bibliography (further reading) Appendix 1: IUA Declaration Appendix 2: RAIA Environment Policy Index

About the Author

Steven V. Szokolay is an architect and energy and environmental consultant who, after some years of practice in Sydney and London, taught at Liverpool, Nairobi, London and Queensland, where he was founding Director of the Architectural Science Unit and Head of the Department of Architecture. He is co-author of the Manual for Tropical Housing and the author of over a dozen books, including Solar Energy and Building, Environmental Science Handbook for Architects and Thermal Design of Buildings.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design