buildings in India
(MNES and TERI publication)
41 projects from India's various climatic zones, this book provides
thorough insights into the context, techniques, and benefits of energy-efficient
buildings. The projects highlight design responses to varied climatic
conditions, appropriate materials and construction methods, implementation
of energy-efficient systems, and effective utilization of renewable
energy to reduce pressure on grid power. A booklet that provides synopsis
of 15 representative projects could be downloaded in PDF from the web
HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design
by James Wines
publisher, Pam Sommers, Public Relations Manager, Taschen America
, May 31, 2000: "When is a building or a house "ecological?"
Does the use of natural materials and solar cells on the roof make
a building an example of "green" architecture? James Wines presents
for discussion the various - and sometimes irreconcilable - theories
of environmentally friendly architecture, making a case for an architecture
that not only focuses on technological solutions, but also tries to
reconcile man and nature. Among the seventy examples presented of
contemporary ecological architecture are works by Emilio Ambasz, Gustav
Peichl, Arthur Quarmby, Jean Nouvel, Sim Van der Ryn, Jourda and Perraudin,
Log ID, James Cutler, Stanley Saitowitz, François Roche, Nigel Coates,
and Michael Sorkin."
Alternative Building Sourcebook : Traditional, Natural and Sustainable
Building Products and Services
by Steve K. Chappell (Editor), Steve Chapell (Editor), James J. Marks
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Building News, April 1998: "The SOURCEBOOK is unique among green
building guides in its exclusive focus on natural building methods,
such as strawbale, clay infill, cob, thatch and timber framing. Useful
information on associated products, services, and tools is also provided.
For builders, architects, and lay people interested in natural building,
The Alternative Building Sourcebook makes an excellent reference."
Construction Handbook: the Building Material Earth in Modern Architecture
- Advances in Architecture (Vol 10)
by G. Minke
Description: In nearly all moderate and hot-dry climates building
with earth offers important benefits over current building materials.
Written by an experienced German engineer who has built with earth
and lectured widely on the subject, this revolutionary new book demonstrates
how! Refined, updated and expanded for English speaking readers from
the author's bestselling Lehmbau-Handbuch (1994), the Earth Construction
Handbook is unique in providing a survey of applications and construction
techniques for a material which: Is naturally available and easy to
use with even basic craft skills. Absorbs and desorbs humidity faster,
and to a higher extent, than any other. Produces hardly any environmental
waste. Balances indoor climate and moisture creating a healthy environment.
It also includes physical data, and explains the material's beneficial
qualities and how to maximize these. The information given can be
practically applied by engineers, architects, builders, planners,
craftsmen, and laymen who wish to construct cost-effective buildings
which provide a healthy, balanced indoor climate.
Book News, Inc.: "This sourcebook examines the options for building
a house that is economical, energy-efficient, nontoxic, kind to the
environment, and pleasurable to inhabit. Explores the pros and cons
of 14 natural building methods, including straw bale, rammed earth,
cob, cordwood, adobe, earthbags, papercrete, earthships, and others,
all well- illustrated in b&w."
New Independent Home: People and Houses That Harvest the Sun
original book has become one of our best sellers and flagship of the
series of popular Solar Living Books we have produced in conjunction
with Real Goods Trading Company. Because of its impact in bringing
the almost unknown promise of solar energy to thousands of readers,
one longtime observer of energy trends described the publication of
the original Independent Home as "the most important event in the
solar industry in more than a decade".
Green Skyscraper : The Basis for Designing Sustainable Intensive Buildings
by Ken Yeang, Kenneth Yeang, Ken Yang
many designers have succeeded in applying ecological or "green" design
principles to architecture on the small scale, city centers remain
an uncharted frontier when it comes to achieving integrated, ecologically
responsive buildings. Architect Ken Yeang takes us an important step
forward by addressing the challenge of making the skyscraper an "intensive"
large building type, sustainable -- that is a structure that has a
beneficial impact on the natural environment and increases energy
efficiency in the core. Yeang's premise is that the skyscraper is
a built form that will stay with society well into the future and
that its worldwide popularity is a reason in itself to rethink its
relationship to the environment. The Green Skyscraper presents a general
framework for looking at ecological design, a step-by-step guide to
examining the fundamental premises of such an approach as well as
its practical applications to the contemporary skyscraper Issues discussed
include the use of energy and materials and their physical impact
on the ecosystem, illustrated with case studies from Yeang's own projects,
experiments, and research.
Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook : The Complete Guide to Renewable
Energy Techologies and Sustainable Living
by John Schaeffer (Introduction), Douglas M. Pratt (Editor)
is arguably a form of cultural insanity that industrial civilizations
constantly bathed by free and clean energy from the sky (the sun and
the wind) continue to depend upon dirty and limited chemical fuels
that poison the people, their foods, and the land upon which they
depend. Happily, this comprehensive sourcebook provides those of you
with foresight a way out of this madness; it includes products ranging
from simple energy-saving devices such as compact fluorescent lights
to home-scale energy-harvesting systems that utilize the sun, wind,
and water to make electricity for people living "off-the-grid." Chapters
focus on Independent Living, Land, Shelter, Harvesting Energy, Managing
Energy Systems, Heating and Cooling, Water, Energy Conservation, the
Nontoxic Home, Home and Market Gardening, Mobility and Electric Vehicles,
and Livelihood and Learning. Committed to selling only products that
promote environmental responsibility at an honest value, The Real
Goods Trading Company is one of the fastest-growing companies in America.
|The Passive Solar House (Real Goods Independent Living Books)|
book offers a technique for building homes that heat and cool themselves
in a wide range of different climates, using ordinary building materials
available anywhere and with methods familiar to all building contractors
and many do-it-yourselfers. A formerly patented design for author
James Kachadorian's Solar Slab heat exchanger is now available for
the use of anyone motivated by the desire to build a house that needs
a backup furnace or air conditioner rarely if ever. This is a building
book for the next century. Applicable to a diversity of regions, climates,
budgets, and styles of architecture, Kachadorian's techniques translate
the essentials of timeless solar design (siting a home in harmony
with nature, using windows as solar collectors, achieving year-round
comfort by balancing good insulation with healthy supplies of fresh
air) into practical wisdom for today's new generation of solar builders.
Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier
Marc Camporeale from New York, NY This book is one of the only works
that addresses the topic of Ecological Design in an in-depth manner.
Moreover, it focuses on the progenitors of this movement - the design
outlaws that had the courage to forge entirely new and radical paths
in art, design, science and technology. Powerful stuff - important
message - innovative and engaging subject matter.
Landscape Construction : A Guide to Green Building Outdoors
by J. William Thompson, Kim Sorvig, Craig D. Farnsworth
Book News, Inc.: "Thompson, an editor with Landscape Architecture
magazine and Sorvig (architecture and planning, U. of New Mexico)
rethink the assumption that all built landscapes are environmentally
sound, and offer practical and professional advice for sustainable
landscape construction, design, and maintenance. They describe concepts
and resources, and present and illustrate over 100 projects from around
the Built Environment
by Maf Smith, John Whitelegg, Williams Nick J.
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This work aims to provide a possible specification of the problems
involved in greening the built environment and an articulation of
the solutions. It begins with a discussion of sustainability as a
concept and its applicability to contemporary towns and cities. The
following chapters take up particular aspects of the built environment
and sustainability in greater depth and include the construction industry,
transport, health, planning, community and equity issues, employment
and the economy. The links between environmental damage, poverty and
the economy are themes in this book. It focuses on interconnections
and on solutions to all three problems. The final chapter explains
how the achievement of sustainable development is, in the authors'
opinion, dependent on detailed solutions to everyday problems of modern
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