A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering

Edited by Dejan Mumovic and Mat Santamouris 
Earthscan  January 2009  

Hardback  474 pages  ISBN 9781844075966      £80.00
The combined challenges of health, comfort, climate change and energy security cross the boundaries of traditional building disciplines. This authoritative collection, focusing mostly on energy and ventilation, provides the current and next generation of building engineering professionals with what they need to work closely with many disciplines to meet these challenges.

A Handbook of Sustainable Building Engineering covers: how to design, engineer and monitor a building in a manner that minimises the emissions of greenhouse gases; how to adapt the environment, fabric and services of existing and new buildings to climate change; how to improve the environment in and around buildings to provide better health, comfort, security and productivity; and provides crucial expertise on monitoring the performance of buildings once they are occupied. The authors explain the principles behind built environment engineering, and offer practical guidance through international case studies.


Part I: Introduction to Complex Built Environment Systems

  • Introduction: Setting the Scene
  • Building Sustainable Communities: Combining Social and Physical Perspectives

Part II: Energy and Buildings

  • Introduction: Towards Zero Carbon Buildings
  • Energy Efficiency and Thermal Envelope
  • Energy Monitoring and Labelling
  • Energy Modelling
  • Carbon Reduction in Buildings
  • Renewable Energy Sources and the City
  • Heat Pumps in City Centre Buildings
  • Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings
  • Case Study: Energy and Environmental Monitoring
  • Case Study: Energy Modelling
  • Case Study: Energy Efficient Refurbishment of Buildings: A Policy Context

Part III: Buildings and Environment

  • Introduction: Emerging Design Challenges of the 21st Century
  • Urban Climate: Impacts on Energy Use, Comfort and Health
  • Air Pollution and the Urban Built Environment
  • Ventilation, Thermal Comfort, Health and Productivity
  • Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Modelling
  • Moisture Control in Buildings
  • Natural Ventilation in City Centre Buildings
  • Mechanical and Mixed-Mode Ventilation in City Centre Buildings
  • Climate Change and Building Design
  • Sustainable Cooling Strategies
  • Case Study: Indoor Air Quality in City Centre Buildings
  • Case Study: Indoor Air Quality and Health
  • Case Study: Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Modelling

Part IV: Operational Performance of Buildings

  • Introduction: The Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Buildings
  • Occupant Behaviour and Energy Use
  • Case Study: Natural Ventilation of Auditoria: Three Case Studies
  • Case Study: A Naturally Ventilated Building in a City Centre
  • Case Study: Impact of an Energy Refurbishment Programme in Chile: More than Energy Savings


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