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Author Topic: Recommended Books  (Read 20903 times)

Eric Parks

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Recommended Books
« on: January 18, 2005, 09:02:26 AM »
There are two books I'd like to put forward as
recommended, both by Professor Sue Roaf of
Oxford Brookes Univeristy. 

The first book is a very thorough introduction
and valuable reference guide to the process
of 'benchmarking' sustianable designs. 
"Closing the Loop" helps the reader understand
 what benchmarking is, what social and
enviromental issues are important to use in
benchmarking and finally presents a range of
different tools and techniques to assist one in
measuring the actual performance of a building. 

This topics covered in this book will become
increasingly important to understand as we
move towards January 2006, when minimum
standards of building energy performance
will begin to be regulated by legislation
under the incoming European Building Directive.

Book title:
Closing the Loop : Benhcmarks for
Sustainable Buildings

A link to this book on the RIBA website is:

I have completed a review of "Closing the Loop"
 which is due in the upcoming issue of Building
For a Future.  In due course the review will also
appear on the website Book section. 

The second book is also relatively timely given
the recent spell of extreme weather:

Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change:
A 21st Century Survival Guide

A link to this book on the
Architectural Press / Elsiever website is:

I'd like to point out that there is a link on this
webpage which allows you to download a sample

If any one has read or has comments about
these books or the topics they cover feel free
 to post them here or send any reviews to me at: