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The built environment is responsible for an estimated 45% of all green house gas emissions. It is during the design process where decisions are made and which can have the greatest influence on the reduction of the impact of the built environment. The architectural brief is seen by architects as the most crucial part of the entire design process in terms of achieving high quality buildings. Environmental design strategies are often considered as being of lesser importance. In this important new book, the authors argue that the use of an environment brief to drive building design is extremely effective in producing high environmental performance. It is part of the process of continual improvement that will lead to building design approaching sustainability. The contents are presented in three parts: theoretical issues of environmental briefing; the briefing method and process and a series of international case studies.
'This thoughtful investigation into how to achieve integrated design has a good balance of strategic how-to guidance and detailed information.' -- Technical & Practice
|Introduction: Defining the environmental brief||p. 1|
|The environmental imperative||p. 21|
|Principles, initiatives and responses||p. 35|
|Advancing green design||p. 59|
|The environmental briefing system||p. 77|
|Benchmarking systems||p. 93|
|Rating systems||p. 113|
|Transforming industry, reducing environmental impact and addressing the myths||p. 151|
|Case studies||p. 163|
|Hotels, resorts and interpretation centres||p. 199|
|International Energy Agency SHC Task 28/BCS Annex 38||p. 299|
|Further case studies available online||p. 301|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 22nd December 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 21.9 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.24
Edition Number: 1