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Author Braham, William W., 1957- author.

Title Architecture and systems ecology : thermodynamic principles of environmental building design, in three parts / William W. Braham.

Published Abingdon, Oxon New York, NY : Routledge, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  720.47 BRAH    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 256 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Wealth and power -- Synergy and correalism -- Glass walls -- Ecotopia -- 1.Environments of maximum power -- Accounting for a living, self-organizing environment -- Thermodynamics of living systems -- Limitations of efficiency: the roles of entropy and exergy -- Bioenergetics -- Maximum power -- Hierarchies of production and e[m]ergy -- Material cycles and the pulsing of systems -- System principles in the built environment -- Self-organization -- 2.Buildings in three parts -- Three aspects of buildings: site, shelter, setting -- The Ellis House -- 3.Building-as-shelter -- Building construction -- Accounting -- Disposal and recycling -- Layers and longevities of construction -- Climate modification -- Bioclimatic approach -- Mechanical approach -- Ventilation and waste processing -- Illumination: windows and lamps -- Wasting waste heat -- A thermodynamic minimum -- 4.Building-as-setting for the work of living -- Material services -- Water supply --.
Contents note continued: Wastewater treatment -- Food supply -- Supplies and solid waste -- Concentrated power -- Fuels -- Electricity -- Information -- Currency -- The work of living -- 5.Building-as-site in urban and economic locations -- Spatial hierarchies: urban self-organization -- Evaluating location -- Design for location -- Social and economic hierarchies -- Cultural evolution -- The common good -- The slow and the fast of location -- 6.Design of thermodynamic narratives -- Design methods at multiple (or at least three) scales -- Shelter -- Setting -- Site -- Thermodynamic principles for environmental building design: a conclusion -- Three points of leverage -- Building well.
Summary This book explores the architectural implications of systems ecology, which extends the principles of thermodynamics from the nineteenth-century focus on more efficient machinery to the contemporary concern with the resilient self-organization of ecosystems.Written with enough technical material to explain the methods, it does not include in-text equations or calculations, relying instead on the energy system diagrams to convey the argument. Architecture and Systems Ecology has minimal technical jargon and an emphasis on intelligible design conclusions, making it suitable for architecture students and professionals who are engaged with the fundamental issues faced by sustainable design.The energy systems language provides a holistic context for the many kinds of performance already evaluated in architecture--from energy use to material selection and even the choice of building style. It establishes the foundation for environmental principles of design that embrace the full complexity of our current situation. Architecture succeeds best when it helps shape, accommodate, and represent new ways of living together.
Subject Sustainable buildings.
Architecture and energy conservation.
Buildings -- Thermal properties.
Buildings -- Mechanical equipment -- Energy consumption.
Buildings -- Environmental engineering.
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