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Closing the Loop: Benchmarks for Sustainable Buildings

Author/EditorRoaf , Susan, Andrew Horsley, Rajat Gup (Author)
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
ISBN: 9781859461181
Pub Date01/11/2003
BindingHardback
Pages384
Dimensions (mm)240(h) * 171(w)
£48.00
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Closing the Loop: Benchmarks for Sustainable Buildings is an authoritative guide to the issues and techniques behind benchmarking sustainable construction. It describes how to measure and achieve sustainability in construction. It contains a palette of issues, indicators and benchmarks, techniques, methods and tools - assembled from practice in the UK and around the world - that will give designers, developers and occupants an overview and understanding of the complex challenges they face to deliver truly 'sustainable' buildings. The book describes the range of sustainable design options and the various tools and techniques that can be used to investigate their success, all with the aim of enabling a more holistic approach to what currently is a fragmented development system.

Closing the Loop: Benchmarks for Sustainable Buildings is an authoritative guide to the issues and techniques behind benchmarking sustainable construction. It describes how to measure and achieve sustainability in construction. It contains a palette of issues, indicators and benchmarks, techniques, methods and tools - assembled from practice in the UK and around the world - that will give designers, developers and occupants an overview and understanding of the complex challenges they face to deliver truly 'sustainable' buildings. The book describes the range of sustainable design options and the various tools and techniques that can be used to investigate their success, all with the aim of enabling a more holistic approach to what currently is a fragmented development system.

Sue Roaf is Professor of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and is engaged in research and teaching on subjects as diverse as photovoltaics in buildings to eco-tourism in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan and the technologies of the ancient world. Sue has written a number of books on energy efficient buildings including Ecohouse 2: A Design Guide and Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change.

Section 1: Introduction; Introduction; The architect's perspective - briefing for sustainability; The client's perspective - corporate social responsibility; Benchmarks in context Section 2: Social indicators; Quality of life; Community; Human rights; Health; Thermal comfort Section 3: Environmental indicators; Climate change; Energy; Biodiversity; Transport; Land use; Flooding; Noise; Air pollution; Contaminated land; Water pollution; Waste Section 4: Solutions; Building form and daylighting; The building envelope; insulation and infiltration; Renewable energy and photovoltaics; Sustainable products and materials; Mitigating transport impacts; Environmental management schemes Section 5: Tools and techniques; Environmental impact assessment; Life cycle assessment; Life cycle costing; Impact assessment in the UK - Ecopoints, Breeam and Envest; Ecological foot-printing; Energy Toolkit; Energy use in dwellings; Sociological survey techniques; Regeneration-based checklist; Climate data tools; Vital Signs: Meteonorm and the Nicol Graph; Monitoring waste; Post-occupancy evaluation Section 6: Appendices; Planning Policy Notes; Building Regulations

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