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The Environmental Brief

Pathways for Green Design

By Richard Hyde, Steve Watson, Wendy Cheshire, Mark Thomson

© 2007 – Taylor & Francis

336 pages | 230 B/W Illus.

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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.


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

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

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
SCIENCE / Environmental Science