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Sustainability imperatives are starting to drive business decisions and government policies. As solutions are sought to developing environmental assessments, it is important to know how much energy, water or chemical has gone into manufacturing a ...

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Wood products are a staple of the construction sector, and are important in delivering environmentally preferable projects. However the sustainability of many wood products remains difficult to assess.  This note overviews key issues and considers ...

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The way we form our urban areas, the spaces they create and the values they embody, have a profound effect on the quality of people’s lives. Urban designer Jenny Donovan draws on the work of Abraham Maslow to present a model for socially responsible ...

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Design for disassembly – themes and principles

Published: 31 August 2005

The disassembly of buildings to recover materials and components for future reuse is not widely practiced in the modern construction industry. This note covers a range of themes and offers a set of principles, or guidelines, for design for ...

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Biophilic design: an introduction for designers

Published: 31 July 2018

This note highlights some of the fundamental concepts that underpin biophilic design and introduces designers to some basic principles and tools that can help develop relevant capabilities within practices to create environments that truly connect ...

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Climate responsive design and traditional design elements of the Persian Gulf may provide a basis for low-energy design. Current building models employed in the United Arab Emirates are often unsuited to the region's climate, causing massive cooling ...

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Climate change adaptation for building designers

Published: 28 February 2011

Adapting building designs for climate change is about managing the unavoidable. While there is debate around what level of adaptation is needed, there is growing awareness that design practices need to take into account predictions of increased risk ...

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This paper explores the evidence that another factor to be considered in Sick Building Syndrome and Indoor Environment Quality is exposure to prolonged and excessive electromagnetic fields (EMFs).  Enough evidence now exists to justify taking a ...

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Thermal mass in building design

Published: 31 May 2006

This paper was originally published in August 1995. It has now been fully reviewed by the authors and republished to reflect updates to the topic since original publication. This paper was originally published in August 1995. It has now been fully ...

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In 2003 a demonstration home was constructed by a local authority in Perth to raise public awareness of practical ways to reduce the energy needs for heating and cooling. The house was sold in 2006 to a couple, who conscientiously try to manage ...

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