Articles in the Professional category
Articles in the Professional category
Authors Katrin Bohn and André Viljoen discuss their new title, Second Nature Urban Agriculture. This book updates and extends the authors' concept for introducing productive urban landscapes, including urban agriculture, into cities as essential elements of sustainable urban infrastructure. It reviews recent research and projects on the subject and presents concrete actions aimed at making urban agriculture happen.
Meet author of Designing Zero Carbon Buildings Using Dynamic Simulation Methods, Ljubomir Jankovic, at the 1st International Conference on Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future...details below!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to view a selection of Energy titles for free throughout the month of August! We have carefully selected titles covering Bioenergy, Energy Efficiency, and Solar Energy. We hope these titles will provide you with useful summer reading and offer helpful preparation for the upcoming academic year.
Building Regulations in Brief, written by Ray Tricker and Samantha Alford, is now available in its eighth edition, having undergone it’s most comprehensive revision to date. This popular and trusted guide to the building regulations has been updated to reflect all the latest amendments to Building Regulations, Planning Permission and the Approved Documents A, B, C, H, K, P, as well as Regulation 7, incorporating all amendments up to December 2013. This includes the changes to Leaflets L1A and L2A regarding the conservation of heat and energy in new buildings which came into effect April 2014, thus making the book as up to date as possible.
"While a handful of architecture firms have measured the performance of their designs and occupied buildings in the past, this is a rapidly growing trend. Firms are simulating during design, asking for earlier engagement of energy analysts, and going back to check on completed buildings. Performance, in this case, can refer to overall energy use, thermal comfort, daylight levels, occupant satisfaction, usage patterns, etc. Their simulation results from early and late design are being compared against post-occupancy results, leading to a more informed design process."
"One of the principal problems faced by property owners who are lay persons (i.e. in regard to property and construction matters) is not necessarily that they do not know all of the answers, but that they do not know all of the questions that they should be asking."
"Learning to collaborate effectively and reaping the resulting benefits could not be more timely. The emergence of integrated project delivery (IPD) and building information modeling (BIM) together with the complexity of projects and the speed with which they must be completed make an in-depth understanding of collaboration a current, critical issue in architectural practice. Designing Relationships is for leaders who want to grow their collaborative leadership skills and elicit the best work from partners and collaborators. And it is for team members who seek insights to better job performance and better project outcomes."
To assist designers who want to understand the principles behind the legislation, and perhaps more importantly to support the statutory authorities who must understand these principles, Routledge has just published the 4th edition of Fire from First Principles, a design guide to building fire safety. It has been fully updated, with all the current legislation and guidance, and now also includes a couple of contributed chapters covering the situation in the USA, Hong Kong and China. It assists the process of integration by outlining the fundamental principles of fire safety so that architects, building surveyors and others in the design team can work from first principles to ensure an integrated design, where safety is imperceptibly achieved without detriment to any of the other objectives.
"Thinking about ecology is an amazing way to energize the architectural design process. It opens up all kinds of exciting design opportunities. Engaging ecology also requires that we acknowledge contingency and surprise as central to undertakings pertaining to the restructuring of the environment. It requires that we operate more aggressively (because the situation is urgent) and with more humility (because we can never be entirely sure what we are setting in motion)."
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the technology behind the pico-solar revolution and offers guidance on how to test and choose quality products. The book also discusses how pioneering companies and initiatives are overcoming challenges to reach scale in the marketplace, from innovative distribution strategies to reach customers in rural India and Tanzania, to product development in Cambodia, product assembly in Mozambique and the introduction of ‘pay as you go’ technology in Kenya.