This second volume in the Technologies of Architecture series – the only series of books tuned to the architectural technology syllabus – explores the environmental influences on building design.

Looking particularly at sustainable building, a holistic view is taken, so that the influence of any one set of choices on other areas – such as the trade-off of daylighting against thermal insulation, or the balance needed between heating and ventilation – are not overlooked. The authors discuss available technologies for establishing a suitable microclimate within buildings, for managing the transmission of sound and for minimizing the exploitation of scarce energy and of other resources.

Using the perspective of a designer who needs a sound scientific basis for arriving at the optimum outcome, this valuably informative volume is ideal for architectural technology students, as well as first and second year architecture students.

chapter |4 pages


part |2 pages

Part 1 Buildings and climate design

chapter 1|12 pages

Principles of climate design,

chapter 2|8 pages

Solar principles in climatic design,

chapter 3|8 pages

Wind fl ow around buildings,

chapter |2 pages


part |2 pages

Part 2 Buildings and low energy design

chapter 5|6 pages

Energy in buildings,

chapter 6|8 pages

Thermal comfort and indoor air quality,

chapter 7|10 pages

Reducing heat loss,

chapter 8|10 pages

Maximising the use of solar energy,

chapter 9|10 pages

Contemporary architectural response,

chapter |2 pages


part |1 pages

Part 3 Energy systems and services in buildings

chapter |1 pages


chapter 10|10 pages

Energy systems in domestic buildings,

chapter 11|4 pages

Large scale energy systems,

chapter 12|8 pages

Low energy systems,

chapter 13|14 pages

Green options,

chapter |2 pages


part |2 pages

Part 4 Buildings and lighting design

chapter 14|8 pages

Light, vision and colour,

chapter 15|6 pages

Daylight principles,

chapter 16|12 pages

Daylight design,

chapter 17|10 pages

Artifi cal lighting principles,

chapter 18|6 pages

Energy effi cient lighting design,

chapter 19|6 pages

Design examples,

chapter |2 pages

Part 4 Bibliography

part |2 pages

Part 5 Acoustic design and the aural environment

chapter 20|6 pages

Basic principles of sound,

chapter 21|10 pages

Noise in the external environment,

chapter 22|10 pages

Sound insulation,

chapter 23|12 pages

Room acoustics,

chapter 24|10 pages

Design examples,

chapter |2 pages

Part 5 Bibliography

part |2 pages

Part 6 Sustainable building design

chapter 25|8 pages

Environmental impacts of buildings,

chapter 26|10 pages

Environmental assessment of buildings,

chapter 27|10 pages

Climate change and building design,

chapter |2 pages

Part 6 Bibliography

part |2 pages

Part 7 Case studies

chapter 28|6 pages

Elizabeth Fry Building,

chapter 29|6 pages

Notley School, Essex,

chapter 30|4 pages

Small scale buildings,

chapter 31|4 pages

Vulcan House, Sheffi eld, UK,

chapter |2 pages

Part 7 Bibliography