Sustainable Design: The Science of Sustainability and Green Engineering

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Sustainable Design: The Science of Sustainability and Green Engineering

Format:  Hardcover,

332 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Apr 2008

ISBN-13: 9780470130629

ISBN-10: 0470130628

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Scientific Principles to Guide Sustainable Design Decisions

From thermodynamics to fluid dynamics to computational chemistry, this book sets forth the scientific principles underlying the need for sustainable design, explaining not just the "hows" of sustainable design and green engineering, but also the "whys." Moreover, it provides readers with the scientific principles needed to guide their own sustainable design decisions. Throughout the book, the authors draw from their experience in architecture, civil engineering, environmental engineering, planning, and public policy in order to build an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable design.

Written to enable readers to take a more scientific approach to sustainable design, the book offers many practical features, including: Case studies presenting the authors' firsthand accounts of actual green projectsLessons learned from Duke University's Smart House Program that demonstrate the concepts and techniques discussed in the bookExercises that encourage readers to use their newfound knowledge to solve green design problemsFigures, tables, and sidebars illustrating key concepts and summarizing important pointsFor architects, designers, and engineers, this book enables them to not only implement green design methods, but also to choose these methods based on science. With its many examples, case studies, and exercises, the book is also an ideal textbook for students in civil and environmental engineering, construction, and architectural engineering.

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Apr 2008
ISBN-13: 9780470130629
ISBN-10: 0470130628
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 332
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.03
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Chapter outline

Prefacep. ix
The Evolution of Design Processp. 1
Process: Linear and Cyclical Designp. 3
Building Design Processp. 6
Program or Problem Statementp. 7
Skeletal Form or Schematicp. 7
Systems Developmentp. 7
Technical Detailing and Documentation/Implementationp. 8
A Transitional Modelp. 8
The Synthovation/Regenerative Modelp. 14
The Necessity for Synthesis-Integrated Innovation in Sustainable Designp. 22
Models from Nature of Integrated Systems Designp. 24
Principles of Biomimicryp. 25
Emerging Tools for Collaboration, Synthesis, and Innovation in Designp. 26
Open-Source Softwarep. 27
ThinkCyclep. 27
BIM Toolsp. 28
Integration and Collaborationp. 30
Notes and Referencesp. 30
First Principlesp. 33
The Cascade of Sciencep. 33
Physicsp. 36
Thermodynamicsp. 36
Systemsp. 37
Motionp. 41
Green Mechanicsp. 42
Environmental Determinate Staticsp. 43
Applications of Physics in Green Engineeringp. 47
Mass and Workp. 48
Power and Efficiencyp. 55
More about Forcesp. 57
Environmental Dynamicsp. 60
Fluidsp. 61
Bioenergeticsp. 74
Systematic Design and the Status Quop. 74
Notes and Referencesp. 80
Transitionsp. 83
A Brief Historyp. 83
How Clean Is Clean?p. 84
Donora, Pennsylvaniap. 92
Love Canal, New Yorkp. 100
The Bhopal Incidentp. 109
Controlp. 115
Ad Hoc and Post Hoc Life-Cycle Perspectivesp. 122
Intervention at the Source of Contaminationp. 122
Intervention at the Point of Releasep. 124
Intervention as a Contaminant Is Transported in the Environmentp. 124
Intervention to Control the Exposurep. 125
Intervention at the Point of Responsep. 125
Thermodynamics and Stoichiometryp. 126
Applying Thermal Processes for Treatmentp. 127
Thermal Destruction Systemsp. 130
Calculating Destruction Removalp. 135
Formation of Unintended By-productsp. 136
Processes Other Than Incinerationp. 139
Pyrolysisp. 141
Emerging Thermal Technologiesp. 141
Indirect Pollutionp. 142
Biology Is the Green Engineer's Friendp. 144
Pollution Preventionp. 146
Notes and Referencesp. 153
Place and Timep. 157
Thermodynamics of Time and Spacep. 158
Soil: The Foundation of Sustainable Sitesp. 164
Green Architecture and the Sense of Placep. 168
Pruitt Igoe: Lessons from the Land Ethic in 21st-Century Designp. 169
Sustainabilityp. 174
The Tragedy of the Commonsp. 176
Ethics of Placep. 177
Implementing Sustainable Designsp. 179
What's Next?p. 184
Notes and Referencesp. 186
Sustainable Design and Social Responsibilityp. 191
Revisiting the Harm Principle: Managing Risksp. 192
Justice: The Key to Sustainable Designp. 207
Evolution of Responsible Conductp. 208
Concurrent Designp. 210
Benchmarkingp. 213
Notes and Referencesp. 220
The Sustainability Imperativep. 221
Green Practice and the Case for Sustainable Designp. 222
Social Responsibility: The Ethical and Social Dimensions of Sustainable Designp. 224
The Green Categorical Imperativep. 225
Environmental Justicep. 233
Environmental Impact Statements and the Complaint Paradigmp. 238
The Role of the Design Professionsp. 251
Professional Competencep. 255
Green Design: Both Integrated and Specializedp. 255
Notes and Referencesp. 256
The Carbon Quandary: Essential and Detrimentalp. 259
Carbon and Rainp. 269
Global Warmingp. 272
Carbon Sequestrationp. 281
The Good, the Bad, and the Misunderstoodp. 297
Notes and Referencesp. 298
We Have Met the Future and it is Greenp. 301
Predictions for the Futurep. 304
Sciencep. 304
The Professionsp. 304
The Governmentp. 304
Educationp. 305
Energyp. 306
Economicsp. 306
From Sustainable to Regenerative Designp. 307
Mass Production to Mass Customizationp. 307
Lessons from the First-Yearsp. 309
Survey of the Literaturep. 310
Application of Sustainability Principles and Conceptsp. 310
Innovationp. 311
Low-Tech Design Based on Outside-the-Box Thinkingp. 312
Integrated Life-Cycle Thinkingp. 319
Human Factors and Sustainabilityp. 322
Seeing the Future through Green-Colored Glassesp. 325
Notes and Referencesp. 326
Indexp. 327

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-09-01)

Vallero and architect Brasier, who coteach a course in green engineering at Duke University, wrote this book to assist architects and engineers in understanding the scientific principles underlying sustainable design. As such, this is not a catalog of green products and how they work, but a course in the basics of thermodynamics, the science of pollution, and professional ethics. The authors begin by outlining a "synthovation/regenerative model" of design to replace the stepwise model of the past.

Rather than compartmentalizing the expertise of the various professionals involved in the design process and fitting them into successive steps, the synthovation/regenerative model combines synthesis and innovation with a team-based approach that makes use of individuals' expertise throughout the design process. This model is a recurring theme in the chapters that describe the need for an approach to sustainable design that is based on sound science and goes beyond green washing. The science chapters may be too much for some readers and not enough for others. Nevertheless, this is a good introduction to the science behind green design. Recommended for architecture and engineering libraries.

-Amy Trendler, Ball State Univ. Libs., Muncie, IN

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Scientific Principles to Guide Sustainable Design Decisions

From thermodynamics to fluid dynamics to computational chemistry, this book sets forth the scientific principles underlying the need for sustainable design, explaining not just the "hows" of sustainable design and green engineering, but also the "whys". Moreover, it provides readers with the scientific principles needed to guide their own sustainable design decisions. Throughout the book, the authors draw from their experience in architecture, civil engineering, environmental engineering, planning, and public policy in order to build an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable design.

Written to enable readers to take a more scientific approach to sustainable design, the book offers many practical features, including:

  • Case studies presenting the authors' firsthand accounts of actual green projects
  • Lessons learned from Duke University's Smart House Program that demonstrate the concepts and techniques discussed in the book
  • Exercises that encourage readers to use their newfound knowledge to solve green design problems
  • Figures, tables, and sidebars illustrating key concepts and summarizing important points
For architects, designers, and engineers, this book enables them to not only implement green design methods, but also to choose these methods based on science. With its many examples, case studies, and exercises, the book is also an ideal textbook for students in civil and environmental engineering, construction, and architectural engineering.

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