A Green Vitruvius: Principles and Practice of Sustainable by Vivienne Brophy

By Vivienne Brophy

2000 years in the past the roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio wrote the 10 books on structure setting up the concept that of the development ebook providing layout rules and suggestions that remains observed in each architects schooling. A eco-friendly Vitruvius is meant as a eco-friendly trend e-book for this present day. Now totally up to date, this good verified textbook presents recommendation appropriate for undergraduate and put up graduate scholars at the integration of sustainable perform into the layout and building approach, the problems to be thought of, the thoughts to be followed, the weather of eco-friendly layout and layout assessment in the method. vintage layout splendor is located within the holistic transparent resolution.

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Electric lighting should use energy-efficient lamps and ballasts, and appropriate automatic lighting control systems. • Radiant systems can reduce the energy needed to heat large spaces with highly intermittent use. • Low temperature local district heating/cooling systems can be integrated with waste energy from other sources or renewable energies. • Ventilation systems should incorporate heat exchange and recovery from exhaust air extractors. USE MATERIALS WISELY Building design should consider the cradle-to-cradle approach in the specification of materials to minimise resource use and emissions generation and facilitate re-use and recycling.

The information required to carry out this task comprehensively for a whole building is substantial, and so detailed as to render the task impractical to undertake in most circumstances. It is possible, however, to analyse selected building elements or components. While the idea of cradle-to-cradle analysis may be out of reach for all but the specialist, understanding the concept will help rationalise choices. Cyclical use of resources in a sustainable building. Source: GAIA Vista Architects Although various factors exert their influence upon the different stages of a building’s lifetime, it is during planning and construction that almost all of them are fundamentally fixed.

Ventilation grilles should be provided with sound baffles. • Resilient layers under floating floors and suspended ceilings reduce impact noise transmission in apartment buildings. • Indirect sound transmission through cavity walls should be reduced by sound- absorbing materials in the cavity. • Where excessive interior noise pollution is expected, specify sound-absorbant building components and materials. • Reduce noise transmission in office environments, by incorporating high level baffles, which reflect sound back into the space.

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