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The Environmental Design Pocketbook: (2nd Edition)

Sofie Pelsmakers

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 416

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Jan 2015

  • Stock Code: 82648

  • ISBN: 9781859465486

  • Binding: Paperback

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Total rating: 4.72 out of 5
Total votes: 39

Description

The Environmental Design Pocketbook 2nd edition places the information you need for sustainable, low energy building design at your fingertips. Packed with diagrams, tools and tips, it cuts through the complex mass of technical data and legislation that faces the designer, and distils all the key guidance into a single reference that is quick, easy to use and points to the facts, figures and performance data that are most important.

This 2nd edition is now fully up-to-date with the latest UK Building Regulations, legislation and guidance, the 2013 RIBA Plan of Work and BREEAM credits. New material includes care and maintenance of buildings and LEED credits throughout the book, with new information on the performance gap, Zero Carbon, and the Green Deal. It contains updated references, weblinks and further reading sections throughout, while the Retrofit chapter and the ventilation, airtightness and heat-loss sections have been expanded. 

The new edition also continues to provide:

  • Guidance on all core sustainability topics
  • Handy tools, allowing quick design estimates
  • Design guidance, technology, building science and best practice

Whether used in the classroom, office or on-site, the book guides the designer through the entire process; from the fundamentals to the building details. From future-proofing for a changing climate to rainwater harvesting, retrofit, and zero-carbon technologies - the Pocketbook has got it covered.

Also available as an eBook from our eBookshop. 

About the Author

Sofie Pelsmakers

Sofie Pelsmakers is a PhD doctoral researcher at UCL’s Energy Institute. She co-founded Architecture for Change with Stephen Choi in 2011 and has worked as a consultant at the STBA,  UK Passivhaus Trust and Levitt Bernstein Architects. Sofie taught environmental design at the University of East London for almost 10 years, where she also led the MA Architecture: Sustainability & Design programme from January 2009 to the end of July 2011.

Customer Reviews

Neil Lamb, Subject Leader in Architecture, Robert Gordon University

Date Reviewed: September 2015

This is a comprehensive publication and covers a broad range of aspects required in the environmental consideration of design. Students will find this an informative and helpful companion as they carry out the design process. I will certainly be recommending this to my students.

Sarah Radif, Programme Leader Architectural Technology, Southampton Solent University

Date Reviewed: January 2015

This is a really good book, very concise and comprehensive. It covers a wide range of legislation and environmental guidelines, as well as technologies, concepts and approaches to environmental design. It will be an essential item on my reading list.

Dean Hawkes, University of Cambridge

Date Reviewed: January 2015

The Environmental Design Pocketbook is the most comprehensive and authoritative single reference work in the field of sustainable design. The new edition consolidates its reputation.

Rory Bergin, Partner, Sustainable Futures, HTA Design LLP London

Date Reviewed: January 2015

The Environmental Design Pocketbook deserves a place on every residential designer's desk. It compresses an amazing amount of material into a small portable format. It is full of easy-to-read diagrams, checklists and good advice for the novice, as well as plenty of detail for the knowledgeable. A great present for the designer in your life.

Fionn Stevenson, Professor of Sustainable Design, The University of Sheffield School of Architecture

Date Reviewed: January 2015

The revised Environmental Design Pocketbook continues to be the definitive summary of virtually everything you need to know in order to design a truly green building in the UK. This new edition is fully revised with up to the minute facts, principles, rules of thumb and sound reasoning - a core reference for the busy professional and aspiring student alike. Critical new sections on Maintenance and Care, as well expanded information on Retrofit and Services, are most welcome at a time when technologies and regulations are getting more and more complicated. Sofie Pelsmakers' simple diagrams and sensible writing always cut through to the key information needed to move forward towards a more sustainable and resilient built environment.

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