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Sustainability, Energy and Architecture - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123972699, 9780123977571

Sustainability, Energy and Architecture

1st Edition

Case Studies in Realizing Green Buildings

Author: Ali Sayigh
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123972699
eBook ISBN: 9780123977571
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th October 2013
Page Count: 552
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This unique volume offers insights from renowned experts in energy efficient building from the world over, providing a multi-faceted overview of the state-of-the-art in energy efficient architecture. It opens by defining what constitutes a sustainable building, suggesting bases for sorely needed benchmarks, then explains the most important techniques and tools available to engineers and architects exploring green building technologies. It covers such pivotal issues as daylighting, LED lighting, integrating renewables such as solar thermal and cooling, retrofitting, LEED and similar certification efforts, passive houses, net-zero and close-zero structures, water recycling, and much more. Highlighting best practices for commercial buildings and private homes, in widely varied climates and within vastly different socio-economic contexts, this illustrated reference will guide architects and engineers in making sustainable choices in building materials and methods.

Key Features

  • Explains the best methods and materials to support energy efficient building
  • Features case studies by experts from a dozen countries, demonstrating how sustainable architecture can be achieved in varied climates and economies
  • Covers both new constructions and retrofitting of existing structures


Primary: Renewable Energy & Sustainable Building Professionals, including Civil and Electrical Engineers; Architects and Builders specializing in energy reduction. Secondary: Students in courses focusing on Green Building in Engineering and Architecture programs

Table of Contents


Sustainable Energy & Architecture

Key Performance Characteristics of Sustainable Buildings

Building Materials and Their Lifecycles

Experiential Sustainability in the Corporate Environment

Low Energy Approaches to Design-Led Schemes

Deep Energy Retrofits for Existing Houses


The LED Lighting Revolution


Dutch Efforts Toward Sustainable Built Environment

Energy Efficiency Building Measures in Sweden

Energy Efficient Buildings for the Sustainable Built Environment in Dubai

Minimum Energy Housing in Cuba

Sustainable Mediterranean Architecture



Sustainable Architecture in Cultural Context

Learning from the Energy Efficient Past to Shape the Future

Energy Efficient Buildings for the Sustainable Built Environment in Dubai

Minimum Energy Housing in Cuba

Sustainable Mediterranean Architecture



Sustainable Architecture in Cultural Context

Learning from the Energy Efficient Past to Shape the Future


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About the Author

Ali Sayigh

Ali Sayigh

Professor Ali Sayigh, Graduated from London University, & Imperial College, B.SC. DIC, Ph.D., CEng in 1966. Fellow of the Institute of Energy, and Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Chartered Engineer.

From 1966 to 1985, Prof Sayigh taught at Baghdad University, College of Engineering; King Saud University, College of Engineering, Saudi Arabia; fulltime; and also Kuwait University as part time professor. He was Head of Energy Department at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and Expert in renewable energy at AOPEC, Kuwait from 1981-1985.

He started working in solar energy in September 1969. In 1984 he established with Pergamon Press his first International Journal for Solar and Wind Technology as an Editor-in-Chief. Since He has been Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy incorporating Solar & Wind Technology, published by Elsevier Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. He is editor of several international journal published in Morocco, Iran, Bangladesh and Nigeria.

He has been a member of ISES since 1973 and founder and Chairman of the ARAB Section of ISES since 1979 and was chairman of UK Solar Energy Society for 3-years and consultants to many national and international organizations, among them, the British Council, ISESCO, UNESCO, UNDP, ESCWA, & UNIDO.

Since 1977, Prof Sayigh founded and directed several Renewable Energy Conferences and Workshops in ICTP - Trieste, Italy, Canada, Colombia, Algeria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Zambia, Malawi, India, West Indies, Tunisia, Indonesia, Libya, Taiwan, UAE, Oman, Czech Republic, West Indies, Bahrain, Germany, Australia, Poland, Netherlands, Thailand, Oman, Korea, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, China, USA and UK.

In 1990, he established the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) and in 1992 the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN) which hold their Congresses every two years, attracting more than 100 countries each time. In 2000 he and others in UAE, Sharjah founded ASTF (Arab Science and Technology Foundation) and Regional Conferences have been held in Sweden, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, Australia, UAE, Libya to name but a few. Prof Sayigh has been running an annual international seminar on all aspects of renewable energy since 1990, in the UK and abroad. In total there have been 85 seminars.

Prof Sayigh had supervised and graduated more than 34 Ph D students and 64 M Sc students under his supervision at Reading University and University of Hertfordshire when he was Professor 1986-2004. He edited, contributed, and written more than 32-books, and published more than 500-papers in various international journals and Conferences.

In 2000-2009 initiated and worked closely with Sovereign Publication Company to produce the most popular magazine at annual bases called Renewable Energy which distributed freely to more than 6,000 readers around the world. Presently he is the Editor-in-chief of Comprehensive Renewable Energy coordinating 154 top scientists, engineers and researchers contribution in eight volume published by Elsevier Publishing Company, Oxford, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chairman of WREC & Director General WREN and Editor-in-chief, Renewable Energy


"Paying particular attention to the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, architects and related professionals provide a reference to environmentally sustainable buildings for student and practicing architects. The topics include five case studies of low energy approaches to design-led schemes, residential deep energy retrofits in cold climates, new and existing case studies in Dubai, minimum energy housing in Cuba, daylighting..."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

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