Introduction to Stormwater: Concept, Purpose, Design

Introduction to Stormwater: Concept, Purpose, Design

Introduction to Stormwater: Concept, Purpose, Design

Author(s): Bruce K. Ferguson

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 13, 1998)

ISBN: 047116528X

ISBN-13: 978-0471165286

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This professional reference tool combines basic concepts of hydrology with the latest applications for landscape architecture and site engineering–including effective, eco-friendly, and people-friendly design methods for:
* Wetlands construction
* Groundwater recharge
* Infiltration
* Porous pavements
* Stream restoration
* Water harvesting

Stormwater management is an essential component of all landscape architecture and site engineering projects. Introduction to Stormwater helps solve environmental problems that arise in the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating the built environment.

This useful guide is of singular importance to landscape architects, civil engineers, architects, wetlands scientists, and other environmental professionals who must comply with ever-changing government regulations. Concepts such as drainage, runoff quality, and drought control are presented in an easy-to-learn, nontechnical format, using case studies drawn from all regions of the United States. Over 200 charts, tables, photographs, and examples aid in conceptualization and calculations. Each chapter contains exercises to ensure that the user acquires applied skills essential to professional licensure exams and practice in the field, as well as information on related software.

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Stormwater management is a growing concern for landscape architects and related professionals–most urban development projects now require some type of stormwater management to comply with local, state, or federal regulations. This book gives designers and others involved in these projects the fundamental concepts of stormwater management from the local to the regional scale.


Ecological Design

Ecological Design

Ecological Design

Author(s): Sim Van Der Ryn, Stuart Cowan

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1559633883

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Hardcover, 200 pages

Ecological Design presents a vision of how the living world and the human world can be rejoined by taking ecology as the basis for design–adapting and integrating human design with natural processes. The authors weave together case studies, personal anecdotes, images and theory to provide a thorough treatment of the concept of ecological design.

Card catalog description
Ecological design, the marriage of nature and technology, can be applied at all levels of scale to create revolutionary forms of buildings, landscapes, cities, and technologies. Some examples include sewage treatment plants that use constructed marshes to purify water; agricultural systems that mimic and merge with their surrounding landscapes; industrial ecosystems in which waste from one productive process becomes fuel for the next. The authors weave together case studies, personal anecdotes, dialogues, images, and theory to provide a thorough treatment of the concept of ecological design. In the process, they present and explain a series of design principles that can help build a sustainable world with increased efficiency, fewer toxics, less pollution, and healthier natural systems. –This text refers to the paperback edition of this title.

Table of Contents
Pt. 1. Bringing Design to Life

  • Sustainability and Design
  • An Introduction to Ecological Design
  • Nature’s Geometry

Pt. 2. The Ecological Design Process

  • Introduction: The Compost Privy Story
  • First Principle: Solutions Grow from Place
  • Second Principle: Ecological Accounting Informs Design
  • Third Principle: Design with Nature
  • Fourth Principle: Everyone Is a Designer
  • Fifth Principle: Make Nature Visible

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Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight

Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight

Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight

Author(s): John Reynolds

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 15, 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0471398845

ISBN-13: 978-0471398844
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Courtyards are special areas that allow the inside and outside to mingle; where rain, wind, daylight, darkness and sound can be showcased. Simply, they are niches of beauty and solace. Since at least 3000 B.C., courtyards have been incorporated into the architecture of the day as a significant part of the physical and cultural landscape. Today, the courtyard continues to be an evolving and popular aspect of design through which landscapers and designers can create privacy amidst increased property development.

Most people have seen the beauty of a courtyard or have experienced its social benefits, but very few studies have shown how successful courtyards are at cooling. Reynolds career-long interest in energy use, especially solar energy, is on display in the chapter on climate and comfort. Here and throughout the book, he addresses energy issues in both quality and quantity.

Courtyards presents a survey of courtyards, contemporary design guidelines and a diverse selection of examples. You will acquire a basic understanding of the balance that must exist between garden and building, including practical advice for planting.

Part One presents the characteristics of courtyards, including classifications, plants, orientation, exposure, materials and changes over time. Part Two offers a tour of some particular courtyards in Spain and Mexico, including details on thermal performance and responses to the urban environment. This section is generously supplemented with 50 color photographs. Part Three presents design guidelines, including day-night temperature ranges, zoning regulations, proportions and innovative proposals incorporating driveways and uses of rainwater.

John Reynolds is a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Oregon. He has been actively involved in the American Solar Energy Society for many years and served as its president.

242 pages, 2002

Healthy House Building : A Design and Construction Guide

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

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

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

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

The Self-Build Book: How to Enjoy Designing and Building Your Own Home

The Self-Build Book: How to Enjoy Designing and Building Your Own Home

The Self-Build Book: How to Enjoy Designing and Building Your Own Home

Author(s): Jon Broome, Brian Richardson

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 1900322005

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The Self-Build Book: How to Enjoy Designing and Building Your Own Home

Rev & Updated Edition 1998
Paperback, 271 pages
Publication date: March 1996

This revised and updated edition of the guide to the process of building for yourself gives both inspiration and practical information. It relates personal experiences of putting theory into practice; outlines an environmentally friendly approach to design, choice of materials and energy conservation; includes a practical guide to organizing a project which covers land, finance, permissions and professional help; and includes a detailed manual on the Segal Method of timber construction, because of its particular advantage to self-builders. Jon Broome and Brian Richardson are both architects with a great deal of self-build experience.

About the Author

Jon Broome is an architect, who has self-built two houses. He was for many years Director of Architype, a London-based architectural practice working on housing, education, health and community buildings with specialist expertise in low energy design, timber-frame construction and sustainable building. He is co-author of The Self-Build Book and contributor to Housing & the Environment, published by the Chartered Institute of Housing. He lives in London, where he runs his own consultancy specializing in sustainable construction.

Structures: Why things don't fall down

Structures: Or, Why Things Don’t Fall Down

Structures: Why things don't fall downAuthor(s): J. E. Gordon

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0306801515

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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don’t collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back—or give way under—thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, a nightgown, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world—from buildings and bodies to flying aircraft and eggshells. In a style that combines wit, a masterful command of his subject, and an encyclopedic range of reference, J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its technical mathematics and communicates the theory behind the structures of a wide variety of materials.Chapters on ”How to Design a Worm” and ”The Advantage of Being a Beam” offer humorous insights into human and natural creation. For architects and engineers there are cogent explanations of the concepts of stress, shear, torsion, fracture, and compression, and chapters on safety design and the relationship of efficiency to aesthetics. If you are building a house, a sailboat, or a catapult, here is a handy tool for understanding the mechanics of joinery, floors, ceilings, hulls, masts—or flying buttresses. Without jargon or over-simplification, Structures surveys the nature of materials and gives sophisticated answers to the most naive questions, opening up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.

Paperback, 395 pages
Publication date: May 1988

The Independent Home : Living Well With Power from the Sun, Wind, and Water

Cover, The Independent Home : Living Well With Power from the Sun, Wind, and WaterAuthor(s): Michael Potts

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 0930031652

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Paperback, 224 pages
Publication date: October 1993

How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 11/01/97:
Whether you already own a home or plan to build one, The Independent Home will show you how to transform it into an energy-efficient, comfortable, self-sustainable home of the future– right now. Michael Potts’s home has been featured on the ABC evening news as an example of the sane approach to simple living; he demonstrates how one can live well, save money, save resources, and still retain modern conveniences and comfort. The Independent Home proves that it is not necessary to live in mud-floored huts and cook brown rice over a campfire to go back to the land.

From Booklist , 10/15/93: An instructive guide to living without the electric and gas companies, by Potts and interviewees who have broken from the power grid. The homes of people interviewed are far from primitive, containing all the conveniences of modern life, though there is the occasional cold shower. Potts advocates a return not to nature, but to a more independent time, and that’s accomplished here mostly by college-educated people who like doing things for themselves. Their experiences are as instructive from a social point of view (a sort of enviro-ethic meets Yankee pragmatism) as for the many possible ways of converting your house to energy independence. Potts also suggests home improvements for energy savings in existing homes, as well as explanations of how our appliances, heating, and air-conditioning systems do–and don’t–work from an energy point of view. A commonsense approach to energy self-reliance. Copyright© 1993, American Library Association. All rights reserved

The author, Michael Potts: , 08/31/96:
We can all learn from renewable energy pioneers It took me 20 years to get ready to write my book — tinkering, visiting, figuring arcane technology out — it is SO much easier now! But independent homesteaders offer us all lessons on using our energy better. We waste half the energy we buy, while they, who carefully harvest every electron, teaspoon of water, and therm of heat, strive to waste as little as possible. This work reconnects them with the planet in ways we all need to emulate as the last fossil fuel energy crisis takes us over. There are important lessons in my book about phantom loads, free energy sources, and small habit changes that have helped many on-the-gridders reduce their energy bills by 30% – 60% — enough to buy a new copy of my book (and give it to a friend) every month! I am continuing the work and planning a new book for the rest of us, who in the next 20 years will have to reform our own domestic energy use. Please visit my web page: for ideas and to help me gather the best energy tips.

Customer Comments , 10/09/96, rating=9:
Required reading for all homosapiens! Because of my total infatuation with the first book (I’m assuming, first) I would get the next without question. Occasionally, this is a mistake, but I don’t think it will be a disappointment. Please quote anything from me regarding how great I think this work is. I find the book an escape on the line of the old, big Sears catalogs that we called the wish book when I was a kid. An often somewhat dry subject spiced with real people living the life. I have read and re-read it many times. I hope for for a sequel that dipicts the continuing state of the art and the folks he interviewd 5 years later. A style with the technical interspersed with the personalities is very refreshing. It’s like learning while reading People Magazine. I felt myself wanting to read more about the people and their feelings. Where Potts injected his opinions, this made me want to read more of what he thought about the life styles and conditions he visited. His opinions about the building departments and reglatory agencies were right on! I wanted to go storm the local building Department with his book in hand as ammunition.

Table of Contents
Foreword By John Schaeffer
Ch. 1. Declaring Independence vCh. 2. Homework: Outgrowing Dependence
Ch. 3. Harvesting Our Own Power
Ch. 4. Home Utilities
Ch. 5. The Tree Game: Reckoning Our Footprints On the Planet
Ch. 6. Choosing a Site for Energy
Ch. 7. Planning a New Independent Home
Ch. 8. Building the Home Energy Machine
Ch. 9. Pioneering and Settling the New Energy Frontier
Ch. 10. Home Entropy: Improvements and Repairs
Ch. 11. Growing With the Land
Ch. 12. Generalists and Specialists
Ch. 13. Living With Constant Change
Ch. 14. Solar Neighborhoods
Ch. 15. Independent Futures
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