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Making Better Buildings

Author : Chris Magwood
ISBN : 9781550925159
Genre : Architecture
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Sustainable building from the ground up - the pros and cons of the latest green and natural materials and technologies From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods-entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques. But with so many different ideas to choose from, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project. Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach in terms of: Cost, sourcing, labor intensity, and ease of construction Energy efficiency, embodied energy, and environmental impacts Availability/accessibility Viable applications and future potential. Each chapter is rounded out by a chart which summarizes the material in a quick and accessible manner. Whether you are an owner preparing to build a green or natural home, or a conventional contractor determined to integrate sustainable alternatives into your existing construction practices, this up-to-the minute resource will help you make the best decisions for your project, while meeting your energy, efficiency, budgetary, and site-specific needs.
Category: Architecture

Designing Better Buildings

Author : Sebastian Macmillan
ISBN : 9780415315258
Genre : Architecture
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Design is widely recognised as the key to improving the quality of the built environment. This well-illustrated book comprises 15 chapters written by leading practitioners, clients, academics and other experts, and presents the latest thinking on what design quality is and how to achieve it. For design practitioners and their clients alike, the book provides evidence to justify greater focus on, and investment in, design. It summarises the benefits that arise from good design - such as, civic pride in the urban environment, the stimulation of urban regeneration, corporate identity, occupant productivity and health in offices, improved learning outcomes in schools, better patient recovery rates in hospitals, as well as reduced environmental impact. And it illustrates these benefits through case study examples. Eight chapters focus on case studies of exemplary buildings in particular sectors - offices, schools, housing, and hospitals - and explain why and how they came to be designed, and the design qualities they exhibit.
Category: Architecture

Essential Building Science

Author : Jacob Deva Racusin
ISBN : 9781550926293
Genre : Architecture
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Poor heat and moisture handling are enemies of durability, comfort and high-performance house design. Essential Building Science provides a highly visual, non-technical introduction to the fundamentals of building physics and the critical skills needed to develop thermal and moisture strategies for creating better new buildings and dramatically improving old ones. Good science plus critical thinking equals high-performance building.
Category: Architecture

Design Research

Author : Peter Downton
ISBN : 0864592671
Genre : Design
File Size : 38.76 MB
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Design research.
Category: Design

Best Value In Construction

Author : John Kelly
ISBN : 9781405151849
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Achieving value in construction is now emerging as the mainchallenge facing the construction team if they are to offer thebest service for the client. No longer is the aim simply to keepcosts under control. This book from the RICS Foundation analyses how to provide bestvalue by the effective application of leading edge techniques andprocesses throughout the entire life cycle of buildings, from thebusiness case which underpins their initiation to the achievementof a satisfactory project out-turn. This book is a successor to Quantity Surveying Techniques: NewDirections, edited by Peter Brandon and published on behalf of theRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors by Blackwell. It will beof interest not only to surveyors and construction managers butalso to final year undergraduates of construction degrees. '[This book] will make a major contribution to theadvancement of the methods by which construction professionalsprovide a service to their clients' - Professor PeterBrandon
Category: Technology & Engineering

Ways To Study And Research

Author : Taeke M. de Jong
ISBN : 9789040723322
Genre : Architecture
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Category: Architecture

State Of The World 1998

Author : The Worldwatch Institute
ISBN : 9781610916417
Genre : Nature
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In this fifteenth edition of State of the World, Lester R. Brown and the Worldwatch research team look at the environmental effects of continuing economic growth as the economy outgrows the earth's ecosystem. As the global economy has expanded from $5 trillion of output in 1950 to $29 trillion in 1997, its demands have crossed many of the earth's sustainable yield thresholds
Category: Nature

Monuments Of Medieval Art

Author : Robert G. Calkins
ISBN : 0801493064
Genre : Art
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This richly illustrated and scholarly study traces the development of art through the Middle Ages, from the early Christian catacombs of Italy and the treasures of Sutton Hoo to the masterpieces of Romanesque cathedrals and illuminated manuscripts.
Category: Art

Essential Sustainable Home Design

Author : Chris Magwood
ISBN : 0865718504
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 58.3 MB
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THE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING ESSENTIALS SERIES covers the full range of natural and green building techniques with a focus on sustainable materials and methods and code compliance. These large-format, highly-illustrated manuals deliver comprehensive, practical guidance from leading experts using a well-organized step-by-step approach.
Category: Architecture