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Sustainable Concrete Architecture

David Bennett

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 272

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Jul 2010

  • Stock Code: 69976

  • ISBN: 9781859463529

  • Binding: Paperback

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Based on real-world evidence and independent research, Sustainable Concrete Architecture provides designers with a tool to help calculate the total embodied CO2 in their building designs. Highly illustrated and detailed in scope, the book combines comprehensive technical analyses of concrete materials with useful case studies demonstrating the value of the material in low-energy, green building.

Part 1 (Technology) takes a detailed technical look at embodied CO2 in different forms of concrete including cement, cement replacements, formwork, precast, reinforcements, aggregates and concrete blocks. The manufacturing and distribution processes of each material product are described and embodied CO2 figures are given. CO2 audit figures are also included for materials which have been subject to an audit. Embodied CO2 tables, construction industry CO2 audit figures and DEFRA conversion tables are included in the Appendix to Part 1. The book then goes on to cover the heating and cooling of buildings, and how to use concrete’s thermal mass to reduce long-term energy consumption.

Part 2 (Case Studies) contains 24 superbly illustrated, detailed case studies which show the materials covered in Part 1 being used to create visually exciting, efficient new buildings. Building types covered include residential buildings, offices, education buildings and visitor centres. Each case study includes a statement on the building’s energy efficiency, how it was specified and designed, and an environmental impact study which details the SAP ratings where applicable.

An invaluable resource for anyone involved in the design and specification of efficient buildings.

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About the Author

David Bennett

David Bennett BSc, MSc, CEng, MICE is a consultant, author and lecturer on the use and application of all forms of insitu and precast architectural concrete. He runs CPDs and Short Courses on Architectural Concrete, advises architects and contractors on fine concrete finishes and specification writing and, since drafting the new book Sustainable Concrete Architecture (published by RIBA Publishing); he can advise professionals on how to audit all the C02 emissions in the construction of a building.

He has a keen interest in innovation and new technology and is the author of a number of published books which include Skyscraper by Arum Press, The Architecture of Bridge Design and Concrete Innovations published by Thomas Telford; Exploring Concrete Architecture and The Art of Precast Concrete published by Birkhauser; Architectural Insitu Concrete and the series Concrete Elegance published by RIBA Publishing.

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