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The whole building handbook : how to design healthy, efficient and sustainable buildings / Varis Bokalders and Maria Block.


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Uniform Title:
Byggekologi. English
Bokalders, Varis, 1944-
English. Translated from the Swedish.
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Original date:
London ; Sterling, VA : Earthscan, 2010.
  • Book
  • xii, 689 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, plans ; 25 cm.
"Earthscan publishes in association with the International Institute for Environment and Development"--T.p. vero. "Earthscan works with RIBA Publishing, part of the Royal Institute of British Architects, to promote best practice and quality professional guidance on sustainable architecture" Originally published: Byggekologi. Stockholm : Svensk byggtjèanst, 2004.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction 1. Healthy Buildings 2. Conservation and Efficiency 3. Ecocycles 4. Place Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Publisher's Summary:
"The Whole Building Handbook" is a compendium of all the issues and strategies that architects need to understand to design and construct sustainable buildings for a sustainable society. The authors move beyond the current definition of sustainability in architecture, which tends to focus on energy-efficiency, to include guidance for architecture that promotes social cohesion, personal health, renewable energy sources, water and waste recycling systems, permaculture, energy conservation - and crucially, buildings in relation to their place. The authors offer a holistic approach to sustainable architecture and authoritative technical advice, on: how to design and construct healthy buildings, through choosing suitable materials, healthy service systems, and designing a healthy and comfortable indoor climate, including solutions for avoiding problems with moisture, radon and noise as well as how to facilitate cleaning and maintenance; how to design and construct buildings that use resources efficiently, where heating and cooling needs and electricity use is minimized and water-saving technologies and garbage recycling technologies are used; and, how to 'close' organic waste, sewage, heat and energy cycles. For example, how to design a sewage system that recycles nutrients. This book includes a section on adaptation of buildings to local conditions, looking at how a site must be studied with respect to nature, climate and community structure as well as human activities. The result is a comprehensive, thoroughly illustrated and carefully structured textbook and reference.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Block, Maria.

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