Green and intelligent: four new books from School of Construction and Management Engineering experts

Sustainability and intelligent buildings are key areas for research and teaching in the School of Construction Management and Engineering. The recent publication of four books builds on the strong track record of the School in these areas and also highlights the influence of the University's Sustainability in the Built Environment (SustBE) network.

Professor Runming Yao edited bookProfessor Runming Yao's edited book on 'Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments' comprises a collection of contributions from international experts covering topics from sustainable building design through to urban-scale sustainability management and assessment. Best practice case studies include the implementation of the latest sustainable technology from the BRE Innovation Park. The book provides comprehensive insights into the key subjects required for the design and management of modern built environments to meet carbon emission reduction targets.

Full details of this book here

Dr Michael Peters bookDr Michael Peters (Lecturer in Energy Policy) co-edits a unique book entitled 'The Global Challenge of Encouraging Sustainable Living'. The contributors argue that if we are to address environmental and resource challenges limits we need to develop effective policies to promote durable changes in behaviour. We also need to transform how we view and consume goods and services. The book suggests that in order to develop effective policies in this area, it is necessary to move beyond narrow interpretations of 'how individuals behave'. A alternative perspective argues the need for a more nuanced approach that encompasses behavioural influences in different societies, contexts and settings.

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Professor Tim Dixon bookProfessor Tim Dixon (Chair in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment) also co-edits and contributes to a new book entitled, 'Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability Mapping the Transition to 2050'. The book is based on research that Tim has been leading in the EPSRC Retrofit 2050 programme. With a foreword from Paul King, Chief Executive, UK Green Building Council and Chairman, Zero Carbon Hub, this book brings together interdisciplinary research contributions from leading international experts. It focuses on issues such as systems innovation, financing tools, governance, energy, and water management. The book considers not only the knowledge and technical tools available, but also looks forward to how they can be implemented in real cities by 2050.

Full details of this book here

Professor Derek Clements-Croome bookFinally, a new collection of invited contributions edited by Professor Derek Clements-Croome introduces the concept of Intelligent Buildings. The book explains that intelligent buildings should be sustainable, healthy and technologically-aware. Furthermore, they need to meet the business needs of the occupying organisations, as well as the individual needs of the building occupants. Given an increasingly uncertain world, they should be flexible and adaptable to deal with change. This means the processes of planning, design, construction, commissioning, and facilities management, including post-occupancy evaluation, are all important. Buildings comprise many systems devised by many people and yet the relationship between buildings and people can only work satisfactorily if there is an integrated team with a holistic vision.

Full details of this book here

Derek has also written a new edition of Intelligent Buildings: Design management and Operation, to reflect the pace of change in building services and IT innovation and a sustainable green approach to building design, full details of this book can be found here

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