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1st Edition

The Environmental Brief
Pathways for Green Design

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ISBN 9780203966815
Published January 24, 2007 by Taylor & Francis
336 Pages - 230 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The built environment is responsible for an estimated forty-five per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions. As the greatest opportunities for reducing these emissions occur during the briefing and design processes, the pathway to better design lies in preparing environmental briefs, and using these to drive building design and produce buildings of high environmental performance. This process-driven book looks at the theoretical issues involved in an environmental brief, and outlines methods by which architects can approach the writing of a brief that considers all aspects of the natural and the built environment, and relates these concepts to a number of case studies from around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining the Environmental Brief  Part 1: Context  1. the Environmental Imperative  2. Principles, Initiatives and Responses  Part 2: Pathways  3. Advancing Green Design  4. The Environmental Briefing System  5. Benchmarking  Systems  6. Rating Systems  7. Blueprinting  8. Transforming Industry, Reducing Environmental Impact and Addressing the Myths  Part 3: Case Studies  9. Housing  10. Hotels, Resorts and Interpretation Centres  11. Offices  Appendix 1: International Energy Agency SHC Task 28/BCS Annex 38

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Richard Hyde is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Design at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is a practising architect and teaches interdisciplinary courses in the field of sustainable design.

Steve Watson is a Research Scholar at the Centre for Sustainable Design at the University of Queensland. He is an Environmental Consultant for TVS Partnership in Brisbane, Australia.

Wendy Cheshire is Director of Hamilton Hayes Henderson Architects, Southport, Queensland, Australia.

Mark Thomson is Director of TVS Partnership, Brisbane, and is an active board member of the Centre for Sustainable Design, The University of Queensland, Australia.



'This thoughtful investigation into how to achieve integrated design has a good balance of strategic how-to guidance and detailed information.' – Technical & Practice