Energy: Management, Supply and ConservationBy
- Clive Beggs, Professor of Medical Technology, University of Bradford, Chartered Engineer, BRE advisor, formerly of the School of Civil Engineering, The University of Leeds.
Senior undergraduate and postgraduate students, and professionals in energy and building services engineering.
Published: June 2002
Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann
You might have thought that 30 years after the Saudi Oil Crisis there would be a glut of regularly updated comprehensive student, graduate, practitioner texts on energy issues in the built environment. There aren't! Which is why this one is so welcome. It summarises a lot of the important issues of cost, supply, taxation and policy as well as providing a lot of worked examples on everything from lighting layouts to heat recovery and a chapter on examples of passively designed buildings. It's good - and a rarity, a really useful, well written, timely textbook. It will be invaluable to students of building services although the number of worked examples risks spoon-feeding. That won't put them off! There isn't much evidence of encouragement of creativity and I would have liked to see more challenges to the reader to address sustainability issues in their designs, not just the politics although that is a start. That said for a student or practitioner with creativity in mind - it's a very good start. Dr Beggs is probably hoping to put his feet up for a little while, after such a mammoth undertaking, and perhaps get to know his family again. But I'm afraid I'd like to challenge him to write the sequel with a different emphasis. Also desperately needed is the same subject covered for aspiring passive designers and architects with more emphasis on worked examples from real buildings, more qualitative approaches to technology choice, and more explanation of the sometimes arbitrary factors which lead to over design. These are the skills that the industry needs along with the design guidance that is so well presented here. I also think on the evidence here that Dr Beggs would make a very good job of it. Sandy Halliday BSc(Hons) MPhil CEng MCIBSE FRSA Principal, Gaia Research