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Better Buildings: Learning from buildings in use - review
This book takes as its foundation the general acceptance that architects rarely return to the buildings they design to assess their performance-in-use. This is despite the demand for energy efficient design steadily increasing.
The authors believe a vital part of the architect’s role is talking to users, observing how the buildings work and have been adapted, and assessing whether the environments they have created are actually enjoyable places to live and work.
‘Better Buildings’ is a fully-revised edition of a 2007 book ‘Sustainable Architecture’, which postulated that spirits could be lifted as well as the planet being saved by building design that adhered to sustainable principles. By stepping further with this new book, and examining the methods that can be used to observe how sustainable buildings work in occupation, the authors provide architects with the necessary inspiration and tools to deliver better sustainable design.
The book is divided into two sections, starting with a selection of short essays provided by industry thought-leaders such as Bill Gething (who has written extensively on the subject in books like ‘Design for Climate Change’), and Mark Lumley of Architype.
The second section provides a series of illustrated case studies of aesthetically-attractive and environmentally ground-breaking projects, such as the Woodland Trust HQ in Grantham, and WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Woking. In each it explores how the architectural design solutions delivered the low-energy performance promised, providing accounts that are also honest about where they fell short.
- An Introduction to Passive House - review.
- Bill Gething and Katie Puckett - Design for Climate Change.
- Building performance evaluation.
- Building Revolutions - review.
- Closing the gap between design and as-built performance.
- FutuREstorative - review.
- Performance in use.
- The building as climate modifier.
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