Daylighting in Architecture: A European Reference Book

Daylighting in Architecture: A European Reference Book

Author(s): N. Baker (Editor), A. Fanchiotti (Editor), K. Steemers (Editor)

Publisher: James & James

Paperback: 380 pages

ISBN: 1873936214

ISBN-13: 978-1873936214

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Typically one third of the energy used in many buildings may be consumed by electric lighting. Good daylighting design can reduce electricity consumption for lighting and improve standards of visual comfort, health and amenity for the occupants.

As the only comprehensive text on the subject written in the last decade, the book will be welcomed by all architects and building services engineers interested in good daylighting design.

TOPICS include:
* daylighting evaluation and analysis
* light and human requirements
* daylight data
* photometry of materials
* daylighting components
* electric lighting
* control systems
* daylight and energy modeling
* case studies
* glossary

The book is based on the work of 25 experts from all parts of Europe who have collected, evaluated and developed the material under the auspices of the European Commission’s Solar Energy and Energy Conservation R&D Programs.

About the Author

Koen Steemers of Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd., Cambridge, U.K.

Nick V. Baker is an independent consultant and technical expert on the energy efficient refurbishment and the development of LT software in the UK.

A. Fanchiotti of the University of Rome “La Sapienza,’ Rome, Italy.

Earth-Sheltered Dwellings in Tunisa: Ancient Lessons for Modern Design

Earth-Sheltered Dwellings in Tunisa: Ancient Lessons for Modern DesignAuthor(s): Gideon S. Golany

Publisher: Univ of Delaware Press

ISBN: 0874132975

ISBN-13: 978-0874132977

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Earth-Sheltered Dwellings in Tunisa : Ancient Lessons for Modern Design Hardcover Publication date: October 1988

This contributes to an understanding of the traditionally evolved system of below-ground housing and suggest show the design of modern earth-sheltered space can be improved. Within the context of Tunisian underground dwellings, this book studies heat gain and loss, and presents field research on the plan, operation, and functional aspects of such housing.

Healthy House Building: A Design and Construction Guide

Healthy House Building : A Design and Construction Guide

Author(s): John Bower

Publisher: Healthy House Inst

ISBN: 0963715623

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How you put your house together is just as important as the materials you choose. Healthy House Building takes you step-by-step through the construction of a Model Healthy House. With over 200 photos and illustrations, as well as a complete set of detailed construction drawings, Healthy House Building shows you everything you need to know to build a healthy house. While your house probably won’t look like the one in this book, the important how-to information necessary to build or remodel in a healthy manner can be applied to all houses. This second edition contains updated addresses for the suppliers of materials used in the Model Healthy House

Healthy House Building is a heavily illustrated book that walks the reader through every phase of construction. In building the Model Healthy House, Bower promotes a concept he calls “Eliminate, Separate, Ventilate”… Bower recognizes that economic realities often necessitate tradeoffs, and he suggests where compromises can be made with the least impact on the environment… Full of useful information. — Fine Homebuilding, August/September 1994

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Of course, having comprehensive text on healthy housing is important. But Healthy House Building (Second Edition) by John Bower takes this information further–by actually showing readers how to build a healthy house from the ground up. Want to see how to lay a ceramic tile floor using a self-made, no-additive grout; how to install a metal roof; or how the air-tight drywall approach should be done? These and all the other steps required to build a “model healthy house” are explained in text–but also with over 250 photographs, and 25 pages of detailed house plans. This is the type of information you’ll be able to apply to your next building or remodeling project.

384 pages

Publication date: November 1997

Natural Ventilation in Buildings: A Design Handbook

Natural Ventilation in Buildings: A Design Handbook

Author(s): Francis Allard, Ed.

Hardcover: 366 pages

Publisher: Routledge (February 1, 1998)

ISBN: 1873936729

ISBN-13: 978-1873936726

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Ventilating buildings naturally — with minimal use of mechanical devices — offers environmental, economic, comfort and health benefits. Approaches can be high-tech or low-tech, but always need to be part of an integrated design strategy. A range of technical barriers, such as building codes, fire regulations and acoustics, also need to be taken into account.

This new handbook describes the real potential of natural ventilation, its appropriate use, the design and dimensioning methodologies, the need for an integrated design approach, and how to overcome barriers. It includes a CD-ROM with software to assist in the calculation of airflow rate in natural ventilation configurations. This air flow modelling software is a bonus and does not form an integral part of the book, so you will derive maximum benefit from the book without having to use the software. The software requires at least a 486DX, Windows 3.1 (or higher), 5Mb free hard disk space for installation, 16Mb RAM and VGA Monitor 640×480. The program makes considerable use of virtual memory. While these are minimum requirements, a more advanced computer is recommended.

The book will provide essential design information for architects, building engineers and other building design professionals. Published in the United Kingdom.

368 pages, 1998, Hardcover

…this is an exceptionally well researched book on a subject of great importance and some controversy… WORLD ARCHITECTURE

Behind Adobe Walls : The Hidden Homes and Gardens of Santa Fe and Taos

Behind Adobe Walls : The Hidden Homes and Gardens of Santa Fe and Taos

Author(s): Landt

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 0811811646

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Behind Adobe Walls : The Hidden Homes and Gardens of Santa Fe and Taos

Paperback, 144 pages
Publication date: June 1997
Once upon a time these New Mexico towns were rough-and-tumble settlements peopled by drifters and dreamers. Sante Fe and Taos are still very much a cultural rendezvous, but far removed from their humble beginnings; Sante Fe has lately become known as the Beverly Hills of the Southwestern U.S. Among its full-time residents are the Dennises, the husband and wife author-photographer team who host this tour of their neighbors’ private homes. The owners and designers weigh in with their own words about creating these eclectic sanctuaries, making it a very personal tour.

Customer Comments – Seattle wa USA , 10/24/97, rating=8:
Colorful presentation of some of the most colorful homes in the Santa Fe and Taos area, inspirational for those of use who love the Southwest in all its forms

Earth to Spirit: In Search of Natural Architecture

Earth to Spirit. In Search of Natural Architecture

Author(s): David Pearson

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 811807312

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Continuing in the tradition of Pearson’s best-selling The Natural House Book this New Age approach to eco-architecture touts a variety of “environmentally clean” and “spiritually healthy” buildings from around the world and through the centuries.

From the author of The Natural House Book comes a provocative volume for anyone interested in design, designing or building which integrates the lessons of the past with today’s technology to create structures where the land, the home, and the spirit coexist harmoniously. 146 color photos. 18 illustrations.

Earthship: Systems and Components vol. 2

Earthship: Systems and Components vol. 2Author: Mike Reynolds

Paperback: 254 pages

Publisher: Solar Survival Pr; First Edition edition (November 1991)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0962676713

ISBN-13: 978-0962676710

The book talks about his concept of the Earthship, how to build them, how they work, and how you, too can live virtually independant of the large grid of services available to you, and that in many ways makes you work for the system itself.

The structures are partially buried, with load bearing walls made of earth rammed old tyres, non load bearing walls built of cans, with greywater systems supported by rain catchwater. PV and wind powered, with food and other plants grown in the house, the premise is as close to total self sufficiency as one might be able to get. Philosophically, nearly a perfect expression of that desire. Practically, it seems to deliver, which sets itself apart from many other building methods and philosophies.

In this age of unreliable utilities, uncertain prices of fuels, corrupt business leaders, bankrupt corporations and politics bought and paid for by institutions whose motives are quentionable, such a book and underlying philosphy seems relevant like no other time similar except the early 1970’s.

To some, this book of building a low cost shelter might help someone get into a nice house where they might not have otherwise, to others this might be a manifesto, still others might have the engineering appeal strike the most resonant cord.

Energy-Efficient Design and Construction for Commercial Buildings

Energy-Efficient Design and Construction for Commercial Buildings

Author(s): Adrian Tuluca

Publisher: McGraw Hill Text

ISBN: 0070711593

ISBN-13: 978-0070711594

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Publication date: January 1997

Synopsis: Today’s architects must design energy-efficient buildings, so they need to grasp all aspects of the building process related to energy savings. This guide makes energy-saving design strategies accessible to these professionals by explaining them in non-technical language. Included also are case studies which provide a thorough understanding of all facets of the building envelope, as well as mechanical and electrical systems.

170 illustrations.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. The Building Envelope: Walls, Roofs, and Foundations
  • 2. Glass, Glazing, and Solar Control
  • 3. Efficient Lighting
  • 4. HVAC Equipment
  • 5. Heat Recovery
  • 6. Cogeneration
  • 7. HVAC Control Systems
  • 8. Tools for Energy Efficient Design Conclusion

Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies

Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies

Author(s): James Steele

Publisher: McGraw Hill Text

ISBN: 0070609497

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Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies

320 pages
8th edition
June 1997
This groundbreaking book takes an eye-opening look at how and why 20th-century building technology has been so environmentally destructive. It then sets forth a workable strategy for redefining the post-industrial role of architecture and urbanism and shows, with exquisitely illustrated case examples, what can be done to solve these problems.

Environmentally intelligent building design and urban planning will be crucial to the world’s future. “Sustainable development” has become a buzzword in recent years, but it stands for an urgent international problem. How can the industrialized nations curb their overconsumption of the earth’s resources? And how can less-developed countries climb out of poverty without also stripping the environment? Sustainable Architecture maintains that architecture plays a critical role in international development. Modern construction techniques have spread around the world and have proven to be particularly wasteful and destructive. But this book clearly spells out answers to the dilemma. Architects and their clients can Learn: which building materials to use; how to use natural light and ventilation; how to select the “greenest” of modern methods-inexpensively; which traditional buidling methods are enviromentally harmonious; to teach their students enviromentally sensistive design. The book has a wealth of case histories of well-planned buildings and communities the world over. Also included are facts about the comparative merits of building materials, the energy it takes to produce them, and the impact of that production of the Third World. For educators, there is a blueprint for a course in sustainable architecture. Sustainable Architecture is an invaluable aid to architects, their students, their clients, and community planners. It clearly shows the way to environmentally responsible design and building practice.

The Healthy House: Creating a Safe, Healthy and Environmentally Friendly Home

The Healthy House: Creating a Safe, Healthy and Environmentally Friendly HomeAuthor(s): Sydney Baggs, Joan C. Baggs

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd

ISBN: 0732256682

ISBN-13: 978-0732256685

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“I was amazed at the scope of information contained in this book. It opened my eyes to all the things you must keep in mind when creating your new home. All those things you won’t realise the significance of till it’s to late, they’re in this book. You won’t be disappointed.” —Daniel Greenwood (New Zealand)

February 1997