1st Edition

Strategies for Sustainable Architecture

By Paola Sassi Copyright 2006
    312 Pages
    by Taylor & Francis

    312 Pages
    by Taylor & Francis

    Filling a gap in existing literature on sustainable design, this new guide introduces and illustrates sustainable design principles through detailed case studies of sustainable buildings in Europe, North America and Australia. The guide will provide the reader with a deeper understanding of the design issues involved in delivering sustainable buildings, and giving detailed description of the process of integrating principles into practice.

    Approximately one hundred case studies of sixty buildings, ranging from small dwellings to large commercial buildings, and drawn from a range of countries, demonstrate best current practice. The sections of the book are divided into design issues relating to sustainable development, including site and ecology, community and culture, health, materials, energy and water. With over 400 illustrations, this highly visual guide will be an invaluable reference to all those concerned with architecture and sustainability issues.

    1. Introduction  2. The Site and Ecology  2.1 Compact Cities  2.2 Reducing Transport Impacts  2.3 In Harmony with Nature  2.4 Local Food Production  3. Community and Culture  3.1 Community Participation  3.2 Housing for All  3.3 Training and Employment  3.4 Spaces for the Community  3.5 Promoting Sustainability  4. Health and Well-Being  4.1 Comfort  4.2 Insensible Agents of Disease  4.3 Independence and Identity  4.4 Restorative Environments  5. Materials  5.1 Design for Longevity  5.2 Waste as a Resource  5.3 Avoiding Resources Depletion  5.4 Minimising Manufacturing Impacts  5.5 Materials and Energy  5.6 Waste Minimisation  6. Energy  6.1 Minimising Energy Needs  6.2 Maximising Efficiently  6.3 'Green' Energy Sources  7. Water  7.1 Minimising Need and Maximising Efficiency  7.3 Alternative Water Sources  7.3 Reducing the Use of Mains Drains  8. Postscript  Appendix 1: Projects Overview  Appendix 2: Location Maps  Appendix 3: Climate


    Paola Sassi is a practicing architect and partner of Sassi Chamberlain Architects and lecturer in design, technology and sustainability at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University.

    Her experience from two decades of architectural practice combined with her knowledge of sustainable design, gained from independent research, an M.Sc. in Advanced Environment and Energy Studies (1995-1997) and sustainable building practice, has provided her with a broad overview of the issues of sustainability and an in-depth knowledge and experience of implementing the theory into practice.

    As part of her teaching activities, which include teaching environmental technologies and social and ecological sustainability, she has researched and compiled teaching material on a wide range of topics relating to sustainable architecture. Her current research topics include environmental building performance assessments, sustainable building materials, waste minimisation, design for dismantling, reuse and recycling, and ethics of sustainability.