John A. Flannery, Karen M. Smith
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"Eco-Urban Design" focuses on the unprecedented challenges currently faced by architects and designers. In a world where climate change, diminishing natural resources and an increasing global population have become indisputable facts of life there is now a rising demand for evolved buildings that no longer endanger the Earth's fragile ecological systems.
This book endeavours to tell the positive side of the story by featuring considered design solutions provided by the world's most innovative architects and engineers. By only including realised projects which have been subjected to post construction monitoring this publication provides evidence-based information that measured reductions in carbon emissions, water and energy usage can actually be achieved in the field and not just on the drawing board.
These completed projects demonstrate best practice and will inspire a new hybrid generation of designers who will combine architecture and engineering skills to resolve a key environmental challenge. Furthermore, these creative construction projects from a variety of genres including, commercial property, public buildings, social housing and private homes give testimony to the fact that investment in green archineering also provides a commercial advantage to forward thinking developers and investors.
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a revival in community based schemes. In many cases both public and private sectors join forces to provide value for money solutions. Many of these sophisticated residential schemes are able to trial renewable energy technologies on site, contributing greatly to the common cause. Where a single family has ambitions to tailor a dwelling to their own individual needs, architects and designers now work closely with these clients to advise on strategies for an economical, sustainable lifestyle. It is