The comprehensively updated and expanded new edition of this no-nonsense student and practice primer equips the contemporary architect to deal with the profession's most important challenge: designing buildings for sustainability. Brian Edwards' book pulls together many of the disparate, complex strands of sustainability into one simple reference source. It sets out the environmental, professional and governmental context underlying sustainable principles, as well as outlining the science, measures and design solutions that designers need to adopt. The third edition includes updated design advice on offices, schools, housing and urban design, provides a useful history of green architecture education and presents a guide to the international conventions and agreements from the Rio Summit to Kyoto and the more recent UN Climate Change conference held in Poznan in 2008.
It also includes new material prepared in anticipation of fresh international agreements at the Copenhagen Conference on Global Warming held in 2009. Stunningly redesigned and extensively illustrated throughout, "Rough Guide to Sustainability" will appeal to design and built environment students and professionals, and anyone keen to cut through to the avalanche of facts and myths about sustainability.
"What makes this book so readable is it is very well written and well illustrated. The Rough Guide to Sustainability offers welcome clarity for the reader exhausted by overuse of the sustainability word. Edwards uses photos, sections, diagrams and sketches to great effect, conveying much information within restricted space. His pictures are sharp and well chosen, his tables do not overwhelm. He also uses pithy subtitles that grab the reader's attention [...] This is clearly a labor of love"
– Katherine Crewe, Journal of Planning Education and Research
Preface to the Third Edition
Part I: The Science and Politics of Sustainability
1. The Theory and Science of Sustainability
2. Legislation and Regulations in Europe
Part II: Tools and Techniques
3. Measuring Success at the Building Scale
Part III: Resources for Construction
6. Materials and Waste
Part IV: Design for Sustainability
7. Design for a Changing Climate
8. Sustainable Buildings are Healthy Buildings
9. Sustainable Design in Practice
Epilogue: Sustainable Design at the Cutting Edge
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Brian Edwards is currently Professor of Sustainable Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - School of Architecture. He is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable architecture and has held numerous positions of responsibility within this field, including sustainability advisor to the Royal Institute of British Architects, 2000-2002.