It is estimated that the building sector uses roughly half of all the energy generated in this country, a very high proportion of materials and creates huge volumes of landfill wastes. This means that to make a difference we need to look at how we build, how we can reduce energy use and costs, how we future proof our buildings and minimise their carbon footprint.
This book is the first comprehensive step in providing assistance for all of us to make a difference to our environment and to lead more comfortable, cost efficient and sustainable lives within the buildings we inhabit.
Editor, and sustainable architect, Johann Bernhardt, has complied essay from more than 50 experts in their fields into a book that covers just about every subject you would want to know about:
The Regulatory Framework
Regional Development and Urban Environments
Designing Houses for the Future
Building Systems and Materials
Sustainable Energy Use
Water and Outdoor Environment
Towards Zero Waste
Commercial and Public Buildings
Includes a foreword by Waitakere City mayor, Bob Harvey and 20-odd case studies.
The book has been produced to the highest possible standards with colour photography throughout, plans, graphs and illustrations.
Johann Bernhardt is a director of Bernhardt Architecture Ltd, which has designed sustainable houses around New Zealand for many years. He holds an M.Arch. (equiv) from Technical University Berlin and a PhD in urban development from Paris University VIII. Sustainability was an integral part of his professional work as architect, urban designer and researcher both in Berlin and internationally. Johann has contributed to a number of professional publications.
Contents include: The Regulatory Framework -- Regional Development and Urban Environments -- Residential Building -- Designing Houses for the Future -- Building Systems and Materials -- Sustainable Energy Use -- Water and Outdoor Environment -- Towards Zero Waste -- Commercial and Public Buildings -- Stakeholders -- The Future of (Green) Architecture.