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Towards Sustainable Building : GEOJOURNAL LIBRARY - Nicola Maiellaro

Towards Sustainable Building


By: Nicola Maiellaro (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st October 2001
ISBN: 9781402000126
Number Of Pages: 254

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This volume contains the extended versions of selected papers presented at the first Mediterranean Conference "Sharing Knowledge on Sustainable Building" held at the Polytechnic ofBari in December 1999, supported by the National Research Council of Italy. The publication of this book was made possible through the efforts of the contributing Authors. Other people have provided invaluable support for the conference and for the preparation of this volume; in particular, I wish to thank Antonella Lerario for providing support in the final editing of the text and images. 1 As reported in Boonstra and Rovers (200 I) , people spend a great deal of time inside buildings; therefore, decisions about design, construction, use, maintenance, renovation, demolition, reuse and recycling of buildings have a huge impact on the sustainable development of our society. Technical aspects, however, should be supported by adequate policies, developed with appropriate tools and driven by meaningful challenges. For people involved in sustainable buildings, the conceptual frameworks, studies and experiences collected in this volume, organized into three parts - "Policies", "Tools" and "Challenges" - will help to advance knowledge allowing them to adopt and more efficiently implement such innovations sooner.

Prefacep. XIII
Policiesp. 1
Planning in evolutionp. 3
Planning scenariesp. 3
Planning paradigmsp. 5
Integrating expert and common knowledge for sustainable housing managementp. 11
Introductionp. 11
Sustainable buildingp. 12
Reframing housing problemsp. 14
A new form of knowledgep. 16
The case studyp. 18
The role of techniciansp. 24
Conclusionsp. 25
Sustainable building policies: exploring the implementation gapp. 29
Introductionp. 29
The contested nature of sustainable buildingp. 30
Decision-making in a complex multi-actor settingp. 32
Barriers to the implementation of sustainable building measuresp. 34
How can we make good decisions?p. 36
Conclusionsp. 39
Eco-labelling for buildingsp. 43
Theoretical cornerstonesp. 43
Examplesp. 47
Attitudes and expectations of interest groups in the building sectorp. 49
Conclusionsp. 55
Bio-climatic technologies in Mediterranean Countriesp. 59
How climate affects traditional architecture. A comparison between different countries of the Mediterranean Regionp. 59
The sector of construction and the economic situationp. 60
The energy regulation in the building sectorp. 65
Methodology of researchp. 66
The region of Puglia: results of the researchp. 67
Conclusions: a brief look at Mediterranean Architecturep. 73
Actions towards professionals and the general public to overcome the barriers to the development of bioclimatic technologiesp. 77
Introductionp. 77
Study of the barriers to the development of bioclimaticsp. 77
Results of our studyp. 78
The players' rolep. 81
Action axisp. 83
Hierarchy of the axisp. 83
Before taking actionp. 85
Conclusionsp. 86
Toolsp. 89
Environmental impact assessment methods in the Netherlandsp. 91
Introductionp. 91
Materials and productsp. 92
Buildings and constructionsp. 95
Spatial plansp. 96
Developing an environmental impact assessment method for spatial plansp. 98
Conclusionsp. 101
Environmental impact of Dutch dwellings: Priorities for reduction and benefits of sustainable constructionp. 109
Introductionp. 109
Sustainable construction and renovation in "The Ecological City"p. 111
Environmental assessment methodp. 112
Environmental analysis of Dutch traditional housingp. 116
Environmental benefits of Dutch sustainable housingp. 123
Conclusionsp. 131
Modelling environmental complexity for sustainable design practicep. 135
Introductionp. 135
The qualitative physical modelling approachp. 136
Complexity of natural ventilation problems in designp. 138
Modelling physical behaviour using Bayesian networksp. 144
Causal model of natural ventilationp. 150
Merging networks to deal with model interactionp. 155
Conclusionp. 157
Epiqr-Tobus: a new generation of refurbishment decision aid methodsp. 161
Introductionp. 161
Software modulesp. 162
Building deterioration statep. 162
Building characteristicsp. 163
Heating/cooling energy demand and energy saving potentialp. 165
Occupants and indoor environment qualityp. 167
Building a refurbishment scenariop. 167
Cost analysisp. 167
Conclusionsp. 168
Support measures for sustainable buildingp. 171
Introductionp. 171
Qualitative tools for designersp. 172
Guides and handbooksp. 173
Guidelinesp. 175
Databasep. 176
Softwarep. 178
Performance assessment toolsp. 180
Labeling systemsp. 183
Rating systemsp. 187
Web-based toolsp. 189
The challenge of sharing knowledgep. 191
Conclusionsp. 198
Challengesp. 201
Research in construction engineering and technology: the international contextp. 203
Introductionp. 203
Sustainable Constructionp. 204
Improvement of life quality, safety and value of the built-up environmentp. 204
Re-engineering the construction processp. 205
Conclusionsp. 206
The life cycle of buildingp. 207
Introductionp. 207
Life Cyclep. 208
Effectsp. 210
Dutch contributionsp. 212
Complexityp. 215
Rules of thumbp. 217
Innovationsp. 219
Conclusionsp. 223
Sustainable construction: some economic challengesp. 227
Introductionp. 227
Sustainable development and constructionp. 227
Review of recent literature on sustainable constructionp. 228
Some economic challenges facing sustainable constructionp. 230
Conclusionsp. 233
On the way towards sustainable buildingp. 241
Introductionp. 241
Sustainable buildingp. 242
Methods and toolsp. 244
Sustainable building indicatorsp. 248
Discussionp. 249
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ISBN: 9781402000126
ISBN-10: 140200012X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 31st October 2001
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64