A Green Vitruvius: Principles and Practice of Sustainable by Vivienne Brophy

By Vivienne Brophy

2000 years in the past the roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio wrote the 10 books on structure developing the idea that of the development booklet supplying layout ideas and ideas that continues to be observed in each architects schooling. A eco-friendly Vitruvius is meant as a eco-friendly development e-book for at the present time. Now totally up to date, this good validated textbook offers suggestion appropriate for undergraduate and submit graduate scholars at the integration of sustainable perform into the layout and building method, the problems to be thought of, the concepts to be followed, the weather of eco-friendly layout and layout assessment in the procedure. vintage layout attractiveness is located within the holistic transparent resolution.

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Protect against radioactive emissions In ordinary circumstances the largest contribution to radon exposure arises from inhaling decayed radon products in indoor air. • When high levels of radon are suspected, radiological monitoring should be Noise Levels undertaken. qxd 04/04/2011 17:56 Page 34 • Increase ventilation rates in buildings both under the floor and within rooms. • Provide a barrier between the ground and the living space, or seal floors and walls to reduce radon emissions. Specify non-toxic building materials, finishes and equipment • Require manufacturers or suppliers to indicate the content of any materials or components it is proposed to incorporate in the building and select the least injurious.

Source: Photo © Jonas Lencer • Provide internal and external planting to absorb pollutants and reduce dust. • Avoid gaps in the external envelope which allow unplanned infiltration of external air. • Where outdoor air is of unacceptable quality provide sealed windows and mechanical ventilation. • Locate the intake of any mechanical ventilation system to avoid sources of airborne contaminants. Control pollutants from processes within the building The occupants and activities within a building are sources of emissions.

Windows should incorporate controllable ‘trickle ventilation’ features such as two- position casement fasteners. • Windows should allow for easily operated and controllable ventilation. • Air inlets and outlets to mechanical systems should be situated to avoid acoustic nuisance to neighbouring properties. • If air-conditioning is unavoidable, it should be designed to facilitate regular cleaning and maintenance. qxd 04/04/2011 17:56 Page 31 Provide acceptable acoustic conditions Many human activities – concentrated intellectual work, conversation, music and sleep, for example – demand controlled noise levels and/or acoustic privacy.

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