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1st Edition

Sustainable Buildings

Edited By

Rohinton Emmanuel

ISBN 9780415637091
Published August 5, 2014 by Routledge
1798 Pages

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Book Description

The ‘fit for purpose’ of the built environment has been a focus of attention since classical times, both in the West and in the East. However, an explicit focus on ‘sustainable buildings’ is relatively new. The last two decades in particular have seen an explosion of published material on the design, construction and assessment of buildings purported to be ‘sustainable.’ Many governments and owners of buildings now routinely require their buildings be ‘sustainable’ and are certified to be so. In the case of sustainability certification, the recent growth in tools, techniques and assessment systems is phenomenal: even as early as 2005 there were over 600 such tools in different parts of the world! New ones sprout all the time and design guides attempt a losing battle to keep pace.

This new title in Routledge’s Major Works series brings together authoritative canonical and cutting edge reference work to establish a framework for easy comprehension of the vast and continually expanding subject matter. It is a four-volume reference work and an indispensable research tool for all interested researchers, students, building owners and policy-makers to gain a thorough understanding of the field. It showcases a variety of approaches to sustainable buildings from around the world and links these to on-site construction practices and assessment. Comprehensive introductions to each volume place the collected material in its historical, intellectual, and global practice context.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Overview

Part 1: Sustainable Development and the Built Environment  Part 2: Environmental, Social and Economic Consequences of Built Environment  Part 3: Energy, Climate Change and Buildings

Volume 2: Sustainable Design

Part 4: Principles of Sustainable Design, Culture, Comfort, Human Behaviour  Part 5: Sustainable Design – Warm, Humid Climates  Part 6: Sustainable Design – Hot, Dry Climates  Part 7: Sustainable Design – Temperate Climates  Part 8: Sustainable Cities

Volume 3: Sustainable Construction

Part 9: Getting it Done  Part 10: Materials  Part 11: Procurement  Part 12: Knowledge, Process and Value Management 

Volume 4: Building Sustainability Assessment

Part 13: Tools, Protocols and Systems  Part 14: Critique of Current Approaches  Part 15: Emerging Novel Articulations

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Rohinton Emmanuel is a Reader in Sustainable Design and Construction and the Director of the Centre for Energy and the Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University. As an architect with urban design interests, he has pioneered the inquiry of urban climate change in warm regions and has taught and consulted on climate and environment sensitive design, building energy efficiency, thermal comfort, urban air quality and urban transport planning. He has authored over 50 research papers in the areas of climate change in the built environment, building and urban energy efficiency, and thermal comfort. A book related to these efforts, An Urban Approach to Climate Sensitive Design: Strategies for the Tropics, was published by Spon Press in 2005.