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Designing for Biodiversity: A Technical Guide for New and Existing Buildings (2nd edition)
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Aug 2013
Stock Code: 79859
Total votes: 33
The built environment has the potential to have a major impact on biodiversity, not least with the increasingly demanding requirements to design more energy efficient and airtight buildings, leaving less space for species to inhabit. The construction industry has an important role to play in ensuring that buildings are designed and refurbished in a way in which biodiversity can be enhanced.
Through written guidance and architectural drawings, this book advises on how to incorporate provision for biodiversity within developments. With sections on different building-reliant species, general principles for design, ready-made products that be incorporated into designs, and legislation, policy and regulations, this book is an invaluable resource for all architects, ecologists and anyone involved in designing or briefing for biodiversity in buildings.New to the second edition of this best-selling book are:
- A new section on designing for biodiversity in existing buildings, including retrofit projects, including many new architectural drawings
- Case studies that illustrate the key principles throughout the book
- Common pitfalls and important messages for architects
- New ready-made projects which have come onto the market since the first edition.
Bill Haines, Freelance Ornithologist at West London Birding
This is an excellent one-stop-shop of a book if you are thinking about encouraging biodiversity into your new build or modifications of your house. Designing for Biodiversity gives the majority, if not all, the information that you need in one place and I would vouch that it is a highly useful book for ecologists, architects and urban- planners alike.
Olly Watts, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer at RSPB
Designing for biodiversity is an invaluable tool that will help environmentally aware professionals and will perhaps prick the ‘green’ conscience of those yet to cross from the dark side.
CIEEM (In Practice), Issue 81 - September 2013
An invaluable resource for all architects, ecologists and anyone involved in designing or briefing for biodiversity in buildings.
Sian Moxon, Senior Lecturer & Technology Coordinator: Sustainability Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design
Date Reviewed: June 2015
I found the book a comprehensive and practical guide, which highlights the importance and implications of designing for wildlife. I would definitely recommend it to both students and practitioners involved in this increasingly vital aspect of sustainable design.
Simon Chatfield, Operations Director, be-here (part of Willmott Dixon Group)
Date Reviewed: November 2013
A useful publication combining a justification of the need for biodiversity with clear technical and practical information on how to go about achieving it
Date Reviewed: September 2013
Much needed additon to the construction industry who now have no excuse on how to implement ecolgical features into their design. Excellent technical guide.
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