Environmental Design: An Introduction for Architects and by Randall Thomas

By Randall Thomas

Written and edited by means of a staff of experts at Max Fordham LLP, one of many UKs top environmental and construction companies engineering consultancies, Environmental layout is the results of their large event in designing environmentally-friendly constructions. the foundations in their procedure, which they've got taught in different colleges of structure and engineering, are basically provided the following. This booklet is vital analyzing for architects, engineers, planners and scholars of those disciplines. The publication starts off with a few uncomplicated clinical rules and environmental concerns after which strikes directly to web site making plans, strength use, fabrics and constructions shape. usual air flow structures, high-efficiency mechanical gear and replacement strength resources are lined. cutting-edge structures of outstanding caliber are integrated in the course of the textual content and illustrate the authors trust that environmentally dependable structure might be visually intriguing. The booklet concludes with a variety of distinctive case reports of award-winning initiatives together with Beaufort courtroom, Kings Langley.

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Buildings operation and energy monitoring Building services systems should be well run and controlled to minimize the energy consumption. However the usage pattern or control systems may subtly alter or fall out of calibration over time and result in high-energy consumption. To ensure that this is not missed, each system should have sufficient sub meters installed to pin point changes in consumption. This allows the management and the maintenance regimes to check why a system might be using more energy.

7. Anon. (January 2005) Saint Gobain low-emissivity glass for enhanced thermal insulation. com 8. Anon (January 2005) Pilkington Glass Performance Data Pilkington Insulight™. com/europe/uk 9. , Schnauss, M. (2002) Solar Thermal Systems: Successful Planning and Construction, Solarpraxis AG, Germany. 10. Ibid. 11. Anon. (2003) Buildings Bulletin 87. 2nd Edition Version 1, Guidelines for Environmental Design in Schools. Department for Education and Skills, London. 12. Taylor, A. (1987) Curing windows pains.

In lowincome housing with high occupancies producing a great deal of water vapour and limited money for heating bills, condensation may occur on cold, poorly insulated walls. MOISTURE In a well-ventilated, well-heated, lightly occupied building such as a stately home, one is more likely to get complaints of the air being too dry and the antiques cracking as a result. In other buildings the surface of a chilled air duct or a cold water pipe can cause condensation, which can be avoided with a combination of measures: – – – reducing the amount of moisture being released within the building; removing moisture from the air; ensuring that the surfaces are warmer than the dewpoint by a combination of insulating the walls and heating the space.

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