Articles in the Professional category
Articles in the Professional category
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.
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.
In Architecture 3.0, architects are design solvers first—engaging in simulation studies, data gathering, developing strong multi-disciplined teams, and then building designers secondly (if at all).
Growing numbers of residents are getting involved with professionals in shaping their local environment, and there is now a powerful menu of tools available, from design workshops to electronic maps. The Community Planning Handbook is the essential starting point for all those involved: planners and local authorities, architects and other practitioners, community workers, students and local residents. It features an accessible how-to-do-it style, best practice information on effective methods, and international scope and relevance. This fully updated new edition contains extra material on following up after community engagement activities.
Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability brings together interdisciplinary research contributions from leading international experts to focus on key issues such as systems innovation, financing tools, governance, energy, and water management. The chapters consider not only the knowledge and technical tools available, but looks forward to how they can be implemented in real cities by 2050.
Sustainability Appraisal is a sourcebook of the state-of-the-art of this rapidly emerging and diversifying area. It draws on a wealth of international experiences and approaches to illustrate the status and scope of Sustainability Appraisal/Assessment (SA) This comprehensive guide highlights how SA can be used to analyze and integrate the key environmental, social and economic pillars of sustainability into decision-making at all levels, from policy to project to investment, by government, business and industry, or international organizations.