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Delivering a Sustainable Built Environment offers peer-to-peer insights from leading practitioners who are experts in working with low carbon, renewable, and energy efficient technologies. A resource to dip into when asked to advise on sustinable building, it offers practical guidance on preparing for such projects, important points to note and common pitfalls to avoid.
Delivering a Sustainable Built Environment is based on interviews with practitioners who have hands-on experience of each technology and who have unique insight into the particular challenges for contractors working to deliver sustainable building projects. It covers the bckground to sustainable building; the practicalities – from energy managment to wate minimisation; and maintenance of existing buildings.
Much guidance exists on sustaianble building but this is the first to speak directly to contractors – with guidance from fellow professionals who have dealt with real on-site challenges and who can offer practical advice based on experience. Many contractors are now faced with a business choice of offering services related to microgeneration/renewables and they must decide what technologies might be suitable for their businesses, and consider what level of training is required before they/their employees can start to work with these technologies.
Delivering a Sustainable Built Environment will help contractors and facilities managers understand sustainable buildings at the strategic level (legislation, finance, training) and then to offer practical advice on various aspects of sustainable buildings (water use, energy efficient air conditioning, commissioning) to their clients.
SECTION I: Overview and background
1. What is Sustainable Design: definitions and goals; Robert Higgs, chief executive of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA) and David Pollock, chief executive of the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA)
2. Paying for It: the finances of sustainability; Alison Bannister, Action Energy
3. Meeting your Legal Obligations: the law according to sustainability; Rod Pettigrew, head of legal issues at the HVCA
4. Planning Ahead: how planning laws are changing to make sustainable design happen; Tom Carpen, planning officer at the Greater London Authority or Roger Chapman
5. Sustainable Housing: The Code for Sustainable Homes; Nick Eyre, Energy Saving Trust.
SECTION II: Practicalities
6. How to do Sustainability: the practical aspects; David Frise, Cyna Consulting Engineers
7. Practical Energy Management: its role in Sustainability; Mike Malina, Energy Solutions Associates
8. Keeping Cool: making air conditioning sustainable; David Arnold, former president of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
9. Free as the Air: air to water heat pumps - the new technology for keeping homes warm and energy costs down; tbc Mitsubishi Technical Contact
10. Water in Sustainable Buildings; Cath Hassell, ech2o, Islington (ecological plumbing business)
11. Waste Minimisation in Sustainability; Jeff Cooper, Environment Agency, Vice President of the Institute of Waste Management.
SECTION III: Existing Buildings
12. Keeping it all going: maintenance for long-term sustainability; John Wright, General Manager, Eaton Williams Service (why maintenance is good for buildings and also makes good business sense for contractors too)
13. Commission Possible: why continuous commissioning in buildings is the best tactic for sustainability; Roger Clark, director and founder of Commtech.
SECTION IV: Preparing for Sustainability
14. The Skills Challenge: preparing a workforce for sustainability; Tony Thomas, former head of education and training at the HVCA