Chapter 1: Sustainability Drivers
This chapter provides a review of the principle milestones which have brought about the shift in attitudes towards sustainable design of the built environment.
Chapter 2: Policy and Legislation
This chapter aims to highlight the key policy drivers for the creation of more-sustainable construction and the legislative requirements that need to be met.
Chapter 3: Cost Issues
This chapter undertakes a comprehensive review of the cost implications of 'green' building.
Chapter 4: Appraisal Tools and Techniques
A thorough and concise review of methods of obtaining feedback from buildings in use and the history of development of the techniques with a series of case studies largely taken from the PROBE studies.
Chapter 5: Materials Selection
This chapter aims to give the reader a sound and broad grasp of the issues and priorities affecting materials selection in the design of places, buildings, services and objects and a realistic perspective on the range of issues which will affect decision making.
Chapter 6: Low Impact Construction
This chapter looks at recent innovative initiatives to design using very low impact materials such as straw, earth, hemp and timber.
Chapter 7: Heating
This concise document aims to enable the reader to be better equipped to deliver high quality buildings which have a low heating demand and retain a positive affect on health and well being.
Chapter 8: Electrical Installations
This chapter is intended to help designers to develop strategies for low impact electrical services design and to implement them effectively.
Chapter 9: Lighting and Daylighting
This chapter is designed to enable the professional to be better able to make informed decisions about lighting & daylighting design. It directs the reader to contemporary tools and guidance which will assist in implementing best practice.
Chapter 10: Ventilation and Cooling Strategies
Many buildings remain less comfortable and healthy then they might be and consume unnecessary energy for ventilation & cooling. This chapter seeks to highlight the principal issues and sources of guidance.
Chapter 11: Renewable Technologies
Increasingly part of the design pallet and with increasing support from government, renewables are still new to the vast majority of designers and clients. This chapter will give guidance on how to make best use of the available opportunities and how to go about designing and specifying appropriate systems.
Chapter 12: Water and Sewage Management
This chapter considers the flow of water through buildings. It looks at its efficient use, the appropriate treatment of the wastewater discharged and the potential for reuse. It also considers rain falling on and around buildings, the potential for reuse and appropriate discharge.
Chapter 13: Construction Processes
This chapter provides best practice guidance on tender evaluation, site practice, management and handover.
Chapter 14: Urban Ecology
This chapter considers the sustainable design of the built environment of our cities and countryside.
*Best practice solutions and case studies *Practical advice on implementation of sustainable construction techniques *Prepared by industry experts for their peers
"This is a most attractively designed book profusely illustrated
with case studies of a range of sustainable buildings, several by
the Scottish and Norwegian branches of Gaia Architects. It is so
attractive it could almost pass as a "coffee table book" but is
much more...This book should be read by every construction
professional, and be on every student's reading list. It is the
product of half a lifetime's work on sustainability, based on
Gaia's eco-minimalist approach"
Jim Johnson, Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) magazine