Sustainable Construction

1st Edition

Authors: Sandy Halliday
Paperback ISBN: 9780750663946
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 21st December 2007
Page Count: 408


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It has taken a very long time for sustainable development to be recognised as a justified restraint on inappropriate development and a primary driver of improving quality of life for all.

For designers, clients and project managers this means we have to create healthy buildings and places which support communities, enhance biodiversity and contribute to reversing unsustainable trends in pollution and resource consumption. It is a very positive agenda.

This groundbreaking book will help all building design, management and cost professionals to understand sustainable design and provide the technical skills needed to implement the most up-to-date concepts. Based on a hugely successful series of workshops for professionals in construction, the book covers the history of ideas, materials, measurement - both cost and benchmarking performance - environmental services, and the building design and delivery process through to post-occupancy evaluation. It covers individual buildings and the urban scale.

Sustainable Construction is a master-class in how to achieve practical, affordable, replicable, sustainable design.

It has something new and often surprising in it for everybody in the construction industry.

For the Architect and Engineer it gives chapter and verse to the basic design issues at all scales and through the whole of the plan of work

For Quantity Surveyors and cost professionals it challenges current conventions with researched case study evidence"

For clients and project managers it outlines the drivers and the justification for a sustainable approach and outlines the legislative framework; and it gives guidance on procurement and project and site management issues

For contractors and developers it contains a wealth of case study material, rooted in

Key Features

Best practice solutions and case studies Practical advice on implementation of sustainable construction techniques *Prepared by industry experts for their peers


Building and construction professionals; architects, developers, planners and students in the fields of building, construction, architecture, urban design/urban planning, sustainability.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Sustainability Drivers This chapter provides a review of the principle milestones which have brought about the shift in attitudes towards sustainable design of the built environment.

Chapter 2: Policy and Legislation This chapter aims to highlight the key policy drivers for the creation of more-sustainable construction and the legislative requirements that need to be met.

Chapter 3: Cost Issues This chapter undertakes a comprehensive review of the cost implications of 'green' building.

Chapter 4: Appraisal Tools and Techniques A thorough and concise review of methods of obtaining feedback from buildings in use and the history of development of the techniques with a series of case studies largely taken from the PROBE studies.

Chapter 5: Materials Selection This chapter aims to give the reader a sound and broad grasp of the issues and priorities affecting materials selection in the design of places, buildings, services and objects and a realistic perspective on the range of issues which will affect decision making.

Chapter 6: Low Impact Construction This chapter looks at recent innovative initiatives to design using very low impact materials such as straw, earth, hemp and timber.

Chapter 7: Heating This concise document aims to enable the reader to be better equipped to deliver high quality buildings which have a low heating demand and retain a positive affect on health and well being.

Chapter 8: Electrical Installations This chapter is intended to help designers to develop strategies for low impact electrical services design and to implement them effectively.

Chapter 9: Lighting and Daylighting This chapter is designed to


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About the Author

Sandy Halliday

Affiliations and Expertise

Gaia Research, Edinburgh, UK


"Professor Sandy Halliday has created a great resource for construction professionals striving to understand the environmental consequences of the work they do and the materials they work with, and to find effective and economic ways to minimise or eliminate negative outcomes. Sustainable Construction has grown out of a training course for architects, clients, engineers and cost professionals on designing and delivering a sustainable built environment, and its practical application is apparent. Most of the chapters deal with specific engineering and management issues: heating, ventilation and cooling, plumbing, water and sewage, materials selection and construction processes, to name a few. Each chapter is punctuated by multiple case studies describing the implementation, including the varying degrees of success, of the methodologies discussed. The writing is engaging and accessible, and the photographs, diagrams and sidebars do much to further illuminate the text. It will therefore serve wonderfully well as a reference guide for highly technical specialities, but readers who skipped the introduction and opening chapters would miss the true beauty of this book. Prof. Halliday takes an overarching view of the subject of sustainability, pulling together the various threads of resource imbalance, historical awareness, political response and construction practice to arrive at a robust understanding of where we are, how we got here and what we could – and should – be doing about it. Thus the later, more technical chapters are comfortably located within a clear context of the nature of the problem and the pressing need for a solution. Having said that, this is no polemic. Assessments are clear-eyed and pragmatic, and where more conventional construction methodologies offer better value than whizz-bang hi-tech “green” solutions, she does not hesitate to say so. Indeed one of the themes that I found most compelling was that of ‘ecominima