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The Environmental Design Pocketbook
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Mar 2012
Stock Code: 74334
Total votes: 63
The Environmental Design Pocketbook 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 and easy to use. Pointing to the facts, figures, and performance data that are most important, it includes:
- Succinct guidance on all core sustainability topics
- Concise explanations and reference to the latest legislation and codes
- Invaluable checklists
- Handy tools that allow you to quickly estimate the values relevant to your design
- Design guidance, technology, building science, and best practice.
Twelve sections guide the designer from the fundamentals through to the building details themselves. From future-proofing for a changing climate to rainwater harvesting, retrofit, and zero-carbon technologies – the Pocketbook has got it covered.
Written for architects, as well as engineers, planners, clients and developers, this handy new pocketbook will help the professional designer to meet and exceed sustainable standards.
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Matt Bridgestock, John Gilbert Architects
The Environmental Design Pocketbook stands out as a definitive, clear sighted and easy to read summary of British best practice...an outstanding source of information and techniques. It should be part of every architect or aspiring architect’s library.
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Hattie Hartman, Architects' Journal
"Anyone serious about sustainable design, professional or student, should buy this book."
Angela Brady, President RIBA
"Sustainability and the environment is a huge topic and one of enormous importance to all those involved in the building industry. I recommend this book as an invaluable tool in a fast changing and complicated field, it is easy to use, well illustrated and packed with useful information and guidance."
Pooran Desai, Co-Founder BioRegional and One Planet Communities
"It is simple, concise and packed with useful facts and figures. Sofie’s book makes it easy to grasp the issues and strategies to design and construct greener buildings. I’ll be keeping a copy close to hand."
Professor Fionn Stevenson, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield
"Finally, a definitive summary of almost everything you need to know in order to design a truly environmental building in the UK – this pocket-sized encyclopaedia punches way above its weight. Loaded with up to the minute facts, principles, rules of thumb and sound reasoning, it is an essential reference for the busy professional and aspiring student. Sofie Pelsmakers has written a powerfully condensed guide which should always be within arm's reach to help resolve those inevitable discussions about which environmental strategy to adopt. At a time when technology and regulation are getting more and more complicated, her simple diagrams and sensible writing cut through to the core information needed to move forward towards a more sustainable built environment. This is it - the really useful book for designing good buildings which address the future now."
Lynne Sullivan OBE, Partner, Sustainable By Design
"Generally, this pocketbook is an excellent read, laid out with clarity, designer-friendly and with lots of good rules of thumb (side-by-side with proper more detailed explanations). A must-read for all architecture students and an ideal ready-reckoner for those wishing to achieve environmental sustainability in their building projects. It also provides a wealth of useful references for further reading and technical references and is a true navigational aid for good design – from the strategic to the micro level. I thoroughly recommend it."
Andy Simmonds, Simmonds.Mills Architects
"Effectively and economically implementing a holistic approach to the design of sustainable new buildings and, particularly, refurbishing old ones – reducing pollution and waste and creating new opportunities for nature on and around our buildings – is extremely challenging! This book will help readers understand both complex design and construction principles, while restating those basic, simple and effective measures so often neglected in the search for 'innovation' and 'box ticking'. Author Sofie Pelsmaker’s practical knowledge and experience of the rigorous and effective Passivhaus approach adds substantial value to this pocketbook. This title will aid those seeking to reduce our need for heat and power, whilst increasing comfort and health for those living and working in buildings: doing more with less."
Keith Hall, Editor of Green Building magazine
"What a handy book. In the twenty years I have spent editing Green Building magazine I have seen a lot published on the subject of sustainable building but this book has some of the most engaging and 'to-the-point' diagrams and tables that I have come across. These really make this pocket-sized book a useful addition for anyone interested in this subject."
"Environmental design should lie at the heart of architectural education and practice. We now have libraries full of books, many of them excellent, which approach the subject from various points-of-view. In The Environmental Design Pocketbook Sofie Pelsmakers brings a welcome and virtuous clear-sightedness to the subject by presenting the fundamentals without pretension. I particularly commend the presentation of climate and micro-climate and, at the other end of the scale, the beautifully drawn, large-scale construction details."
Date Reviewed: October 2013
A book packed with information which for me is spoiled by the typeface in grey. Its light coloured and thus not easy to read. Perhaps in a reprint black typeface could be used.
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