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      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:

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