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xxix, 160 p. : ill.
xii, 116 p. : ill.
xi, 180 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Evidence has accumulated that shows that the quality of indoor environments can affect the health and productivity of adults and children. One consequence is that a movement has emerged to promote the design of schools that have fewer adverse environmental effects. To examine the potential of such design for improving education, several private organizations asked the NRC to review and assess the health and productivity benefits of green schools. This report provides an analysis of the complexity of making such a determination; and an assessment of the potential human health and performance benefits of improvements in the building envelope, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustical quality. The report also presents an assessment of the overall building condition and student achievement, and offers an analysis of and recommendations for planning and maintaining green schools including research considerations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780309102865 20160527
xvii, 378 p. : ill.
  • Notes on the Contributors .Acknowledgements .PART 1 INTRODUCTION .1 Introduction.Tim Dixon and Mike Raco.1.1 Background.1.2 Aims and objectives.1.3 Structure of the book.2 Researching Sustainability: The Possibilities and Limitations of Cross-cutting Research in the Urban.Environment .Mike Raco and Tim Dixon.2.1 Introduction.2.2 Intellectual disciplines, interdisciplinarity and the construction of knowledge.2.3 The rise and rise of the sustainability agenda.2.4 The EPSRC's Sustainable Urban Environments programme and the emergence of the SUBR:IM.consortium.2.5 Conclusions: SUBR:IM and new ways of working.PART 2 REGENERATION .3 Democracy, Trust and Risk Related to Contaminated.Sites in the UK.Philip Catney, Dick Eiser, John Henneberry and.Tom Stafford.3.1 Introduction.3.2 Contaminated land in the UK: context and policy.3.3 Democracy, trust and risk in environmental governance.3.4 Case studies.3.5 Conclusion.4 Actor Networks: The Brownfield Merry-Go-Round .Joe Doak and Nikos Karadimitriou.4.1 Introduction.4.2 Actors and their roles.4.3 Networks and their construction.4.4 Network processes in brownfield regeneration.4.5 Conclusion.5 Heroes or Villains? The Role of the UK Property Development Industry in Sustainable Urban Brownfield Regeneration .Tim Dixon.5.1 Introduction.5.2 The nature and challenge of brownfield development.5.3 The role of the UK property development industry in brownfield regeneration.5.4 Survey and interview findings.5.5 Learning from practice: Thames Gateway and Greater Manchester.5.6 Towards best practice?.5.7 A checklist for developers.5.8 Conclusions.Acknowledgements.5A.1 Appendix 1 National developer interviewees and questionnaire sample.5A.2 Appendix 2 Details of case study interviews.6 Delivering Brownfield Regeneration: Sustainable Community-Building in London and Manchester .Mike Raco, Steven Henderson and Sophie Bowlby.6.1 Introduction.6.2 Building for the future: visions, practices and the delivery of sustainable urban regeneration sustainability and the politics of space-time.6.3 Flagship urban brownfield regeneration in the UK: the redevelopment of Salford Quays and.Paddington Basin.6.4 Conclusions: lessons for urban development policy.PART 3 REMEDIATION .7 Greening Brownfield Land .Andy Moffat and Tony Hutchings.7.1 Introduction.7.2 Background and context.7.3 A sustainable process for greenspace.7.4 Contamination.7.5 Sustainable greenspace.7.6 The future of greenspace on brownfield land.7.7 Conclusions.8 Novel Special-purpose Composts for Sustainable Remediation .Sabeha Ouki, Rene van Herwijnen, Michael Harbottle, .Tony Hutchings, Abir Al-Tabbaa, Mike Johns and.Andy Moffat.8.1 Introduction.8.2 Materials characterisation.8.3 Experimental design.8.4 Heavy metals containment in soils.8.5 Biomass.8.6 Enhanced compost.8.7 Magnetic resonance imaging.8.8 Conclusions.9 Robust Sustainable Technical Solutions .Abir Al-Tabbaa, Michael Harbottle and Chris Evans.9.1 Introduction.9.2 Sustainability assessment of currently available remediation technologies in the UK.9.3 Sustainability improvements to remediation techniques.9.4 Concluding remarks.10 'The Creature Lurks Within?' Restoring Acid Tar Lagoons .Simon Talbot, Nigel Lawson and Colin Smith.10.1 Introduction.10.2 Acid tar lagoons: a technical introduction.10.3 Regulating risk on an acid tar lagoon.10.4 Lesson-drawing from Germany: an appraisal of the state of the art in remediation.10.5 Conclusions.PART 4 JOINED-UP SOLUTIONS .11 Climate Change, Pollutant Linkage and Brownfield Regeneration .Abir Al-Tabbaa, Sinead Smith, Cecile De Munck, .Tim Dixon, Joe Doak, Stephen Garvin and Mike Raco.11.1 Introduction.11.2 Evidence of impacts of climate change on contaminated land systems.11.3 Modelling potential impacts of climate change and the creation of green space on contaminated land.11.4 Climate change mitigation and adaptation.11.5 Technical adaptation and risk management strategies.11.6 Stakeholder adaptation key issues and findings.11.7 Concluding remarks.Acknowledgements.12 Evaluating the Sustainability of Brownfield Redevelopment Projects .Kalliope Pediaditi, Walter Wehrmeyer and Kate Burningham.12.1 Introduction.12.2 Sustainability evaluation in brownfield projects.12.3 The Redevelopment Assessment Framework.12.4 Conclusion.12A.1 Appendix.13 Is Brown the New Green?.Philip Catney, David N. Lerner, Tim Dixon and Mike Raco.13.1 Introduction.13.2 Sustainable brownfield regeneration.13.3 Sustainability in action.13.4 Constructing cross-disciplinary research: lessons from the SUBR:IM experience.13.5 Summary.Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781405144032 20160528
"Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration" presents a comprehensive account of UK policies, processes and practices in brownfield regeneration and takes an integrated and theoretically-grounded approach to highlight best practice. Brownfield regeneration has become a major policy driver in developed countries. It is estimated that there are 64,000 hectares of brownfield land in England, much of which presents severe environmental challenges and lies alongside some of the most deprived communities in the country. Bringing such land back into active use has taken on a new urgency among policymakers, developers and other stakeholders in the development process. Frequently, however, policy thinking and practice has been underpinned by 'silo' mentalities, in which integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving have been limited.The book has two principal aims. The first is to examine the ways in which science and social science research disciplines can be brought together to help solve important brownfield regeneration issues, with a focus on the UK. The second is to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of different types of regeneration policy and practice, and to show how 'liveable spaces' can be produced from 'problem places'. The Thames Gateway in the south of England and Greater Manchester in the North of England are shown as examples of how brownfield regeneration projects are developing in an era where sustainability is high on the policy agenda. From the Foreword by Paul Syms, National Brownfield Advisor, English Partnerships: 'Ensuring the effective and efficient reuse of brownfield land is an essential part of the British Government's land use policies in support of sustainable communities.This book recognises that reusing brownfield land is not just about over-coming technical issues to remove contamination or other physical problems with the ground. It highlights the importance of engaging with the many different stakeholders whose opinions and concerns need to be taken into account if sustainable outcomes are to be achieved. The authors also recognise that brownfield land reuse is not just about building new homes or places of employment - the creation of new green spaces can be just as important.'.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781405144032 20160528
xv, 136 p. : ill. (some col.)
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Outcomes and Risks Associated with Investments in Maintenance and Repair
  • Data, Tools, and Technologies to Support Investments in Maintenance and Repair
  • Effective Practices for Investment in Maintenance and Repair
  • Communicating Outcomes and Risk
  • Findings and Recommendations
  • Implementing a Risk-Based Strategy for Investments in Federal Facilities' Maintenance and Repair
  • References
  • Appendixes
  • Appendix A: Biosketches of Committee Members Appendix B: Committee Interviews and Briefings
  • Appendix C: Some Fundamentals of the Risk-Based Approach.
"The deteriorating condition of federal facilities poses economic, safety, operational, and environmental risks to the federal government, to the achievement of the missions of federal agencies, and to the achievement of public policy goals. Primary factors underlying this deterioration are the age of federal facilities--about half are at least 50 years old--and decades of inadequate investment for their maintenance and repair. These issues are not new and there are no quick fixes. However, the current operating environment provides both the impetus and the opportunity to place investments in federal facilities' maintenance and repair on a new, more sustainable course for the 21st Century. Despite the magnitude of investments, funding for the maintenance and repair of federal facilities has been inadequate for many years, and myriad projects have been deferred. Predicting Outcomes of Investments in Maintenance and Repair of Federal Facilities identifies processes and practices for transforming the current portfolio of federal facilities into one that is more economically, physically, and environmentally sustainable. This report addresses ways to predict or quantify the outcomes that can be expected from a given level of maintenance and repair investments in federal facilities or facilities' systems, and what strategies, measures, and data should be in place to determine the actual outcomes of facilities maintenance and repair investments."--Publisher's description.
xi, 161 p. : ill. (some col.).
  • Introduction [Additive manufacturing]
  • Additive manufacturing technologies: technology introduction and business implications
  • Additive manufacturing in aerospace: examples and research outlook --- Additive manufacturing is changing surgery
  • The shape of things to come: frontiers in additive manufacturing
  • Introduction [Semantic processing]
  • Automatic text understanding of content and text quality
  • Advancing natural language understanding with collaboratively generated content
  • Large-scale visual semantic extraction
  • Searching for statistical diagrams
  • Introduction [Engineering-sustainable buildings]
  • Challenges and opportunities for low-carbon buildings
  • Expanding design spaces
  • Opportunities and challenges for multiscale modeling of sustainable buildings
  • Accelerating green building market transformation with information technology
  • Introduction [Neuroprosthetics]
  • Retinal prosthetic systems for treatment of blindness
  • The evolution of brain-computer interfaces
  • Ultra low-power biomedical and bio-inspired systems.


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