Circular Design for Zero Emission Architecture and Building Practice

Circular Design for Zero Emission Architecture and Building Practice

It is the Green Way or the Highway

1st Edition - October 1, 2022

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  • Author: Marwa Dabaieh
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128200797

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Circular Design for Zero Emission Architecture and Building Practice: It is the Green Way or the Highway presents the main concepts of circular architecture and building design, focusing on emerging trends in zero-emission buildings, particularly zero- and minus- carbon practice. The book is structured around practical design solutions, including research-based passive solutions for extreme climates. It discusses passive and low carbon cooling and heating and natural ventilation, lifecycle assessment and life-cost analysis. The book presents examples and case studies from innovative low-tech to high-tech approaches, covering a wide spectrum of climate zones to show lessons learned and proof of concept. Vulnerable groups of people such as climate refugees are discussed, alongside how vernacular architecture can help introduce practical methods into low-carbon building practices. This book presents theoretical and practical coverage of circular design for zero emission architecture and building in relation to the global challenges of climate change and extreme weather.

Key Features

  • Presents key concepts of circular architecture and building design
  • Offers practical design solutions, including solutions for extreme climates
  • Gives practical solutions for design resilience, construction climate mitigation, adaptive behavior, building resilience and environmental impact
  • Considers vernacular, tradition and locale-based, climate response and adaptive approaches to sustainable building and design
  • Discusses the application of design after disasters and extreme climate events
  • Gives practical case studies of both low- and high-tech design solutions from across climate zones


Building engineers, architects and construction engineers; Researchers in sustainable architecture and building design, including in zero emission buildings, passive houses, circular design, cradle to cradle, lifecycle assessment and life cycle costing. Graduate students in climate change, climate policy, the circular economy, sustainable architecture, and building design

Table of Contents

  • 1. Comfort at the extremes
    2. Designing for vulnerable groups
    3. Circular architecture and building design
    4. Resilient designs for extreme climates
    5. Safe indoor therma
    6. Case studies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 196
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2022
  • Published: October 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128200797

About the Author

Marwa Dabaieh

Marwa Dabaieh is Professor of Environmental and Sustainable Architecture, and Head of the Sustainable Architecture Research Group (SARC) at Aalborg University, in Denmark. She is also the Docent of Zero Emission Buildings at Malmo University, in Sweden. She has 18 years’ experience in sustainable building practice, focussing on passive and zero-emission construction. She has published over fifty articles, papers and chapters, as well as 5 books, and has participated in numerous research projects throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Affiliations and Expertise

Aalborg University, Denmark

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