Sustainability in Practice

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Sustainability in Practice was updated June 18th, 2020.

The circular economy "will never work with the materials we have" says Cyrill Gutsch

Plastics will be replaced within ten years by biofabricated materials that eliminate waste and pollution, according to Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch. In future, natural substances such as algae, bacteria, enzymes and proteins will be used to grow materials that will replace today's plastics, said the former designer.

Energy Efficiency Solutions for Historic Buildings

This handbook holistically summarises the principles for the energy retrofitting of historic buildings, from the first diagnosis to the adequately designed intervention: preservation of the historic structure, user comfort, and energy efficiency. The content was developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers.

Daylighting Design

Über Jahrtausende hinweg haben Menschen ihre Häuser nach der Sonne ausgerichtet. Mit der Verfügbarkeit von künstlichem Licht geriet dies zunehmend aus dem Blick. Angesichts der gesundheitlichen Auswirkungen des Kunstlichts einerseits, steigender Energiekosten andererseits ist das Thema der Tageslichtplanung heute jedoch wieder von großer Bedeutung.

Green Dream

Everybody's talking about Green these days; sustainable architecture and urbanism are getting almost universal attention. And they deserve it. Who could possibly oppose Green? But there's also a lot of suspicion around Green. Research is contradictory. Conclusions are ambiguous. Who can we trust?

Cradle to Cradle

A manifesto for a radically different philosophy and practice of manufacture and environmentalism"Reduce, reuse, recycle" urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as this provocative, visionary book argues, this approach perpetuates a one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing model that dates to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic.

Design Like You Give a Damn

The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods and communities shapes every aspect of our live, yet where architects are most desperately needed, they can least be afforded.

Lucy Siegle meets Cameron Sinclair, the man behind a quiet architectural revolution

Solar-powered tents, inflatable housing, buildings in a bag ... Since 1999, Architecture for Humanity has been galvanising the design community to respond to the needs of disaster and war-ravaged peoples from Darfur to Banda Aceh - helping locals to rebuild their homes with innovative and often brilliant results.

Ecological Architecture

The great untold story of the architectural history of the past century: the movement toward an ecological approach to building.In a world increasingly awake to environmental damage, the visionaries of the past who championed an environmentally sane architecture are vindicated.

Cities For A Small Planet

Nothing else damages the earth's environment more than our cities. As the world's population has grown, our cities have burgeoned, and their impact on the environment worsened. Meanwhile, from the isolated, gated communities within Houston and Los Angeles, to the millions of residents of Bombay living in squalor, the city has failed to serve its ideal function-as the cradle of civilization, the engine of culture, and the inspiration for community and citizenship.

The Economy of Sustainable Construction

This book examines how sustainability can deliver a robust response to fiscal challenges. The book evaluates current architectural practices and models, and also introduces materials and methods to maximize the environmental, social, and economic performance of buildings.

Climate Design

Climate Design: Solutions for Buildings that Can Do More with Less Technology, Volume 10 Climate Design: solutions for buildings that can do more with less technology , Michael de Saldanha


The facade plays a key role in the planning of buildings designer with asource of reference for information on with optimised energy use androom climate. Aholis- theenergetic and indoorclimatic properties of various types of facade technology. "Interactions" describes the tic design begins with ananalysis of the usage requi- influence of comfort related requirements onthec- ments andlocal conditions and adetermination of the users' needs.

Building to Suit the Climate

In future, buildings that make sense from a bioclimatic perspective will not be the exception; planners will simply be expected to design them. With its wealth of facts, this book serves as a concrete aid to planning and design.

The Green Studio Handbook

The Green Studio Handbook book. Read reviews from world's largest community for readers. Learn how to integrate green strategies into your building desig...

Coronavirus Offers a Clear View of What Causes Air Pollution

The coronavirus shutdowns are giving scientists an opportunity they never thought they would have: to see what would happen to the planet if the world's economy went on hiatus.

The Bee Whisperers of Slovenia Have a Plan to Save Colonies From Climate Change

As climate change threatens bee populations around the world, beekeepers in Slovenia are taking up the fight.

In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S.

The coronavirus has pushed the coal industry to once-unthinkable lows, and the consequences for climate change are big. WASHINGTON - The United States is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, new government projections show, a transformation partly driven by the coronavirus pandemic, with profound implications in the fight against climate change.

JinkoSolar and Fraunhofer ISE break solar efficiency records for everyday solar panels - Electrek

Solar panel manufacturer JinkoSolar has broken the record for solar cell efficiency for the most commonly used type of solar cells - 22.04% for a P-type multicrystalline product. Near concurrently, solar research facility Fraunhofer ISE has broken the record for n-type multicrystalline solar cells with an efficiency of 22.3%.

Renewables - Fuels & Technologies - IEA

Renewables, including solar, wind, hydro, biofuels and others, are at the centre of the transition to a less carbon-intensive and more sustainable energy system.