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Sustainability - latest information from the BSRIA LibraryOctober 2007

The abstracts below show a selection of the latest 'Sustainability' information held in the BSRIA library and freely available to BSRIA Members.

High quality building services based on whole life value
Clements-Croome D, Wu S, John G.
University of Reading, School of Construction Management and Engineering, 2007, 42pp, tabs, figs, refs, 697.003
Describes how the concept of whole life value can be used to influence future building assets and provides a suitable model for addressing the challenges of sustainable development in the construction sector by considering their medium and long term impacts.

Sustainable practice for the facilities manager
Shah S.
Blackwell Publishing, 2007, 317pp., figs., tabs, 69.059.1
Shows how to implement a sustainability strategy in properties across different sectors including offices, retail and manufacturing. Explains the facilities manager's role in incorporating sustainability into the whole lifecycle of a building - from initial briefing to final disposal. Covers policy and trends on global, European and UK levels affecting businesses; compliance requirements for organisations - including some sector-specific areas; and best practice, with good and bad case studies showing the business benefits of incorporating sustainable practice into day-to-day activities.

Life cycle assessment: A case study of a dwelling home in Scotland
Asif A, Muneer T, et al.
Bldg. Environ., March 2007, vol. 42, no. 3, 1391-1394, 2 figs., 1 tab., 8 refs
Provides a life cycle assessment (LCA) of a 3-bedroom semi detached house in Scotland. Stated that detailed LCA of five main construction materials is provided to determine embodied energy and associated environmental impacts.

The BS 8555/ Acorn scheme workbook: Phases 1-3. Phased implementation of environmental management systems
Sheldon C.
BSI, 2007, 217pp, figs, refs, 614.71
This is a companion guide to BS 8555:2003 for all organisations wanting to make a start at implementing an environmental management system (EMS), with particular focus for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Sustainability. CIBSE Guide L
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
CIBSE, 2007, 68pp. figs., tabs., refs, ref, 697
Not available for loan/photocopies
Provides good practice procedures for professionals in the construction industry. Sections cover: influencing clients and projects; sustainability strategy; supporting the planning application; new design and refurbishment; construction; buildings in use; and end of life.

Transforming existing buildings: The green challenge. Final report
McAllister I., Sweet C.
RICS, 2007, 35pp. figs., tabs., refs, p, 614.71
Reviews the particular aspects of sustainability performance in existing commercial building stock, including energy, water, material efficiency (recycled content) and support for biodiversity and habitat. Compares typical existing building performance with new build (benchmarks); technically feasible opportunities to improve performance in existing stock; commercial and other barriers that may prevent opportunities from being realised; and recommendations for progressing the agenda to improve the performance of existing stock.

Building in sustainability
Heath S.
Energy Bldgs. Industry, May 2007, 29-32, 5 figs
A cpd module which describes the policies to promote sustainability with emphasis on those affecting the City of London. It states there is no technical barrier to achieving London's targets but in order to create the necessary behaviour change may require incentives.

Towards sustainable homes
Dwyer T.
Bldg. Serv. J. CIBSE, May 2007, vol. 29, no. 5, 85-88, 2 figs, 1 tab, 11 refs
A cpd module that covers the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) and suggests how the use of heat pumps can reduce the carbon footprint of homes. Although CSH is currently a voluntary code it is likely to become mandatory with future revisions to the Building Regulations. The effect of the Code is uncertain as less than 3 percent of responses to the public consultation were from developers and builders who will be key players in delivering the sustainability objectives.

Code for sustainable homes. Technical guide
Dept for Communities and Local Government
DCLG, 2007, 211pp, tabs, refs, sp, 69.009
Provides a detailed list of requirements for each credit area of the Code for sustainable homes, and to explain the process of gaining a code rating. Also provides reference material for anyone involved in the process.

Renewable energy strategies for sustainable development
Lund H.
Energy Int. J., June 2007, vol. 32, no. 6, 912-919, 11 figs., 4 tabs., 42 refs
Discusses the perspective of renewable energy (wind, solar, wave and biomass) in the making of strategies for a sustainable development. Such strategies typically involve three major technological changes: energy savings on the demand side, efficiency improvements in the energy production, and replacement of fossil fuels by various sources of renewable energy. Consequently, large-scale renewable energy implementation plans must include strategies for integrating renewable sources in coherent energy systems influenced by energy savings and efficiency measures. Based on the case in Denmark, discusses the problems and perspectives of converting present energy systems into a 100% renewable energy system. Concludes that such development is possible. The necessary renewable energy sources are present, and if further technological improvements of the energy system are achieved the renewable energy system can be created. Especially technologies of converting the transportation sector and the introduction of flexible energy system technologies are crucial.

Climate change, thermal comfort and energy: Meeting the design challenges of the 21st century
Holmes M J., Hacker J N.
Energy and Bldgs., July 2007, vol. 39, no. 7, 802-814, 21 figs., 14 refs
Addresses the dual challenge of designing sustainable low-energy buildings while still providing thermal comfort under warmer summer conditions produced by anthropogenic climate change - a key challenge for building designers in the 21st century. The main focus is towards buildings that are 'free running' for some part of the summer, either being entirely naturally ventilated or mixed-mode. A summary is made of recent developments in understanding how people react and adapt to their environment and of the climate data required to assess building performance. Because the climate is changing and outside summer temperatures are expected to increase, the future will offer greater challenges to the designers of sustainable buildings aiming to provide either entirely passive or low-energy comfort cooling. These issues are demonstrated by predictions of the performance of some case study buildings under a climate change scenario. The examples also demonstrate some of the important principles associated with climate-sensitive low-energy design.

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