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Building ecology : first principles for a sustainable built environment

Author: Peter Graham
Publisher: Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Science, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Understanding sustainability and translating it into practice is a key challenge for today's built environment professionals. This book provides basic knowledge of ecology-sustaining construction to guide decisions in the built environment.
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Graham
ISBN: 0632064137 9780632064137
OCLC Number: 155858770
Description: xiv, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
pt. I. Interdependency: How Building Affects Nature --
2. Life-Cycle Thinking: How BEEs Think About Interdependency Through Time --
3. Building Metabolism: How BEEs Understand Effects on the Whole System --
4. Impacts: the Effects of Current Practice --
5. Summary: What Do BEEs Know Now? --
pt. II. Building Ecological Sustainability --
6. Thermodynamics: Underlying Physical Laws --
7. Change: Ecological Sustainability Through Time --
8. Summary: What Do BEEs Know Now? --
pt. III. The Beehive Revealed --
9. Natural Laws and Principles of Ecological Sustainability --
10. Developing Ecological Sustainability in Built Environments --
11. Case Study --
12. From Knowledge to Understanding.
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Buildings consume 40% of our planet's materials and 30% of its energy. Their construction uses up to three million tonnes of raw materials a year and generates 20% of the soild waste stream. If we  Read more...

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