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Sustainable Construction

2nd Edition

By Sandy Halliday


466 pages

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Paperback: 9781138200289
pub: 2018-12-03
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The second edition of Sustainable Construction provides a masterclass on the principles and techniques involved in the design and delivery of practical, affordable, high quality sustainable buildings and places. It presents precedents, theory, concepts and principles alongside 120 wide ranging case studies that highlight current best practice and encourage implementation. Topics in the book include:

• the history of ideas in sustainable construction

• policy

• materials

• cost issues

• appraisal techniques

• environmental design

• energy

• water

• construction processes

• and urban ecology.

The book is heavily illustrated in full colour and is an ideal, contemporary, accessible primer to courses in Architecture, Construction, Building Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Project Management, Landscape, Urbanism and Development.


Professor Sandy Halliday’s Sustainable Construction, Second Edition is a robust examination of a vast set of issues that are especially important to today's construction practices. Her work takes on the social and political climate as well as the practice of building sustainably. To consider passive design strategies foremost is the guiding principle of the book—mechanical systems and alternative energy devices are considered back ups that can be reduced in size and expense by the effective use of passive strategies. The text is thoroughly illustrated with case study examples and images and illustrations. Both historic and contemporary issues and examples are presented. It's a tour de force in sustainable construction instruction - Bruce Haglund, Professor of Architecture, University of Idaho.

This encyclopedic view of sustainable development re/introduces giants upon whose shoulders we stand, their theories, experimentation, lessons learned, some forgotten, others adopted into our collective current understanding of environmental design. This is just what we need, succinct nuggets of information supported by a profusion of well-chosen images illustrating its core and many recent case studies. 10 years since the first edition, there is so much more to learn, and so much of this book has been updated. I need this edition too. - Brian Murphy, Green Building Encyclopaedia.

This timely second edition of a foundational text on sustainable design and construction has been thoroughly updated with a glorious collection of 120 inspiring case studies based on best practice in relation to core principles. These are grounded in the deep wisdom of an author who really gets to the underlying issues. The unique guidance on cost and value as they relate to design is invaluable. This book is required reading for all those want to make a difference to our built environment. - Professor Fionn Stevenson, The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, UK.

The time for a truly sustainable approach to construction is more important now than ever, this revised edition will help to further advance and inform the construction and design industry sectors. If we are to have any hope of remaining in equilibrium with what our planet can withstand the contents within this book should become standard practice. This updated edition builds upon known, tried and tested techniques, all of which can play their part in transforming construction into a truly sustainable endeavour. This book should be seen as a "go to" reference for all those involved in construction and design of new buildings who truly care about the impact we are having on our planet - Julian Brooks, Good Homes Alliance.

Table of Contents

1. Sustainability drivers 2. Policy and legislation 3. Cost Issues 4. Appraisal Tools & Techniques 5. Materials selection 6. Low-impact construction 7. Environmental Design: Heating, Cooling & Ventilation 8. Energy Generation 9. Lighting & Daylighting 10. Water & Sewage Management 11. Construction Processes 12. Urban Ecology

About the Author

Sandy Halliday established her own research & consultancy practice in 1996 to develop sustainable solutions for the built environment. Gaia Research is the newest part of the Gaia Group network, which also comprises Gaia Architects in Edinburgh and Birnam, Gaia Planning and Gaia Group Norway. This facilitates collaborative working with architectural, engineering, urban design and landscape practices and reflects the nature of the construction industry's research requirements in responding to the challenge of sustainable construction. Gaia Research is a member of Gaia International - a federation of building and urban design practices in Europe who share information on best practice on a regular basis.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General
MEDICAL / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General

Author Video

Watch author Sandy Halliday’s video tour of this invaluable and authoritative second edition of Sustainable Construction.