Design for Sustainable Architecture and Environments

By Behzad Sodagar, Rosemary Fieldson and Bryce Gilroy-Scott.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper describes some of the research outcomes of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project partly funded by Department of Trade and Industry, UK. One of the aims of the project was to plan and develop designs for a range of autonomous eco-buildings through research into autonomous eco-building systems and techniques in order to identify best practice and the most appropriate systems for low-carbon buildings. The design of the Community Hall offering accommodations for a multi functional hall, café and exhibition, and offices, has been developed through partnership with mainstream design and construction companies in the region. Following a successful planning application and external fund raising exercise, the construction of the building is due to start shortly. The structure will be constructed using locally sourced materials and is designed to be ‘renewable’ whilst exceeding all the requirements of the current Building Regulations. It examines the potential of non traditional construction techniques and materials. The total environmental impact of the design as the result of environmental loads occurring during the life span of the building is estimated and compared with conventional practice. The building incorporates rain water collection, waste treatment, composting toilets and photovoltaics.

Keywords: Sustainable Design and Construction Autonomous Buildings, Renewable Energies, Embodied and In-Use Energy, Carbon Footprinting, Whole Life Cycle Analysis

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.73-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.113MB).

Dr. Behzad Sodagar

Senior Lecturer, Lincoln School of Architecture, Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

Dr Sodagar is a senior lecturer in Architecture at Lincoln School of Architecture and has almost thirty years experience as an architect, researcher and lecturer working for a variety of public and private organisations and universities. He has a wide ranging expertise in sustainable planning and development and sustainable architecture.Dr. Sodagar has undertaken research and consultancy for a wide range of national and international organisations including the International Energy Agency, British Research Establishment, Department of Trade and Industry, Carbon Trust, and local and regional organisations and governments. He has extensive experience in the development of methodologies for appropriate use of computer simulation programs and their use as assessment tools to analyze the impact of design and construction on environmental performance of building, embodied energy and carbon-footprinting affecting climate change. He has widely published in sustainable planning and development, sustainable architecture and environmental design of buildings. He was awarded the International Award for Excellence by The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability for the Best Paper of the year in 2006.

Dr. Rosemary Fieldson

Senior Project Architect, Simons Design, Simons Group, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

Rosemary Fieldson is a Senior Project Architect at Simons Design. She developed an interest in sustainability in her BA degree at University of Newcastle in the early 1990’s, following graduating from the BArch course she worked for Ken Yeang in Kuala Lumpur whilst working on a Masters Thesis on the Aesthetics of Environmentalism. Returning to the UK in 1998 for a years work in a small prestige domestic design practice in London and then to Simons Design in Lincoln to specialise in retail architecture, Rosemary commenced reading for a part time PhD in 2001, entitled “Towards A Framework for Sustainability in UK Retail Architecture” which has been awarded and will be submitted in January 2007. Rosemary enjoys part time undergraduate teaching at both Lincoln and Newcastle alongside continuing to develop the profile of sustainable design for Simons Group.

Bryce Gilroy-Scott

Sustainability Manager, Hill Holt Wood Social Enterprise, Norton Disney, Lincolnshire, UK

Bryce Gilroy-Scott completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of Victoria, Canada in the early 1990’s followed by several years work with community development projects. He completed a Certificate in Community Economic Development at Simon Fraser University, Canada in 2002 followed by a year of fieldwork in Central America. He has recently completed his MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Systems from the University of East London and the Centre for Alternative Technology with distinction. He is the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate between Hill Holt Wood and the University of Lincoln and is currently the Sustainability Manager at Hill Holt Wood. He is also reading for his MA Architecture: Development and Regeneration at the University of Lincoln.


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