Towards Sustainable Architecture: European Directives and Building Design (Butterworth Architecture Legal Series)

Cover, Towards Sustainable Architecture: European Directives and Building Design (Butterworth Architecture Legal Series)Author(s): Brian Edwards

Publisher: Butterworth Architecture

ISBN: 0750624922

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Card catalog description:
Brian Edwards explains the new responsibilities and opportunities for architects emanating from environment laws and directives. The practice of architecture is increasingly constrained by new legislation aimed at protecting the enviromnent and the consumer, mainly the result of directives from the European Commission. The broadening of environmental controls means that questions of environmental assessment, impact on ecosystems or heritage sites, energy use, safety requirements and environmental audits have become part of the daily life of architecture. The effect of the legislation is to create a new architectural order where low ecological impact and minimum energy use generate the form and style of building. In this essential reference book, Brian Edwards and a team of expert contributors set out the important principles which may help in the practice of architecture. As fresh controls are enacted, new skills and knowledge are needed which this book outlines through principles and case studies.

Booknews, Inc. , 06/01/96:
Samples some of the ideas and actual buildings that have emerged from European architects’ response to legislation and public demand for low ecological impact and minimum energy use. Considers the European Commission regulations, construction materials, energy and pollution, visual and cultural impacts, environmental health and safety, recycling, biodiversity, and other aspects. Illustrated in black and white. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Midwest Book Review:
In Towards Sustainable Architecture, Brian Edwards explains the new responsibilities and opportunities for architects emanating from environmental laws, especially those which derive from Euro-directives. The practice of architecture is increasingly constrained by new legislation aimed at protecting the environment and the consumer, mainly the result of directives from the European Commission. The broadening of environmental controls, entailing desirable ‘green’ principles, means that questions of environmental assessment, impact on ecosystems or heritage sites, energy use, safety requirements and environmental audits have become part of the daily life or architecture. Towards Sustainable Architecture is an essential reference book wherein Edwards and a team of expert contributors set out the important principles which may assist in the practice of architecture.

Table of Contents
Introduction
1. The environmental context
2. The implications of the Maastricht Treaty on design
3. Maastricht and the architect
4. A layman’s guide to EC law
5. The Construction Products Directive
6. The Architects’ Directive: mutual recognition of qualifications
7. The construction industry and global warming
8. CFCs, HCFCs and other ozone depleting gases
9. Reducing air pollution by better design and urban development
10. An overview of energy and building design
11. Technical factors in the design of sustainable commercial buildings By Lori McElroy
12. Renewable energy
13. The potential of wind power By Lawrie O’Connor
14. Environmental impact assessment
15. Predicting visual impacts by computer aided visual impact analysis By Thomas W. Maver, Jelena Petric
16. Environmental audits
17. Protecting Europe’s cultural heritage
18. A-Z of environmental impacts of commonly used building products, processes and services and related design issues
19. Environmental health and pollution problems with buildings
20. Environmental health and building occupation
21. Environmental health and safely on building sites
22. An overview of environmental safety and the architect By Paul Yaneske
23. Waste management and recycling
24. Contaminated land use
25. The EC eco-labelling scheme
26. Biodiversity
27. Ecology energy and building: the importance of landscape
28. Sustainable development: EC and UK policy and international agreements
29. Case studies of sustainable urban development
30. New laws, new responsibilities
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Dimensions (in inches): 10.78 x 8.58 x .63

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