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What Colour is your Building?: Measuring and reducing the energy and carbon footprint of buildings

David Clark

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 272

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Jun 2013

  • Stock Code: 77531

  • ISBN: 9781859464472

  • Binding: Paperback

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‘An important and timely guide’ – Paul King, CEO of UK Green Building Council

Already garnering high-praise from luminaries within the construction and architecture industries, ‘What Colour is your Building?’ is an essential title for all those interested in determining and responding to the true costs of a building’s carbon footprint.

The result of many years’ analysis and design of low-energy buildings, it comes in two sections. In the first, author David Clark focuses on how to measure and benchmark the CO2 emissions caused by the operating, embodied and transport energy consumption associated with commercial buildings and the people that use them. He proposes a simple whole carbon footprint methodology which can be used to put into context: 

  • Real (not theoretical) energy consumption
  • Embodied carbon (new build and refurbish vs demolish)
  • The significant impact the location of a building has on the CO2 emissions of people travelling to work.

The second part of the book provides clear, practical guidance to developers, planners, architects, engineers, building owners, facility managers, and tenants on how to reduce the whole carbon footprint. This includes:

  • 10 steps to low energy buildings
  • The contribution that renewable energy can realistically make
  • The use of lower carbon materials in construction, refurbishment and fit-out
  • How to encourage greener methods of travel. 

An overview of the ingredients to include in a business case to justify investment in low energy/carbon buildings is also provided.

The book is accompanied by electronic appendices which are free to download from thenbs.com/what-colour-is-your-building.

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About the Author

David Clark

David Clark is a Partner at Cundall Johnston & Partners, one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies, and has over 20 years' experience designing buildings in the UK and Australia, is chartered in both structural and building services engineering, and has specialised in sustainability since 2002. He was the principal author of the first Green Star rating tool in Australia and has worked on numerous award winning green buildings. In addition to a working on building designs, David leads Cundall’s corporate sustainability and R&D activities. 

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Sarah Radif, Programme Leader, Architectural Technology Southampton Solent University

Date Reviewed: September 2014

"What Colour is Your Building" is very well detailed and includes thorough calculations, some of which are perhaps more suited for services engineers or other professionals with advanced knowledge in the subject area. Having said that, I found the second part of the book more suited for professionals (and students) with design background or those who don't necessarily have any pre-requisites in the field.

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