Design for sustainable architecture and environments

Sodagar, Behzad, Fieldson, Rosemary and Gilroy Scott, Bryce (2008) Design for sustainable architecture and environments. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 4 (4). pp. 73-84. ISSN 1832-2077

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This paper describes some of the research outcomes of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project partly funded by Department of Trade and Industry, UK. One of the aims of the project was to plan and develop designs for a range of autonomous eco-buildings through research into autonomous eco-building systems and techniques in order to identify best practice and the most appropriate systems for low-carbon buildings. The design of the Community Hall offering accommodations for a multi functional hall, café and exhibition, and offices, has been developed through partnership with mainstream design and construction companies in the region. Following a successful planning application and external fund raising exercise, the construction of the building is due to start shortly. The structure will be constructed using locally sourced materials and is designed to be ‘renewable’ whilst exceeding all the requirements of the current Building Regulations. It examines the potential of non traditional construction techniques and materials. The total environmental impact of the design as the result of environmental loads occurring during the life span of the building is estimated and compared with conventional practice. The building incorporates rain water collection, waste treatment, composting toilets and photovoltaics.

Keywords:Sustainable Design and Construction Autonomous Buildings, Renewable Energies, Embodied and In-Use Energy, Carbon Footprinting, Whole Life Cycle Analysis
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:3873
Deposited On:19 Jan 2011 10:40

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