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The Environmental Brief : Pathways for Green Design - Richard Hyde

The Environmental Brief

Pathways for Green Design

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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

Forewordp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Contributorsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Defining the environmental briefp. 1
Contextp. 19
The environmental imperativep. 21
Principles, initiatives and responsesp. 35
Pathwaysp. 57
Advancing green designp. 59
The environmental briefing systemp. 77
Benchmarking systemsp. 93
Rating systemsp. 113
Blueprintingp. 135
Transforming industry, reducing environmental impact and addressing the mythsp. 151
Case studiesp. 163
Housingp. 167
Hotels, resorts and interpretation centresp. 199
Officesp. 239
International Energy Agency SHC Task 28/BCS Annex 38p. 299
Further case studies available onlinep. 301
Referencesp. 303
Glossaryp. 317
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780415290456
ISBN-10: 0415290457
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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