In addition to the application of fundamental principles that lead to a structured method for zero carbon design of buildings, this considerably expanded second edition includes new advanced topics on multi-objective optimisation; reverse modelling; reduction of the simulation performance gap; predictive control; nature-inspired emergent simulation leading to sketches that become ‘alive’; and an alternative economics for achieving the sustainability paradigm. The book features student design work from a Master’s programme run by the author, and their design speculation for a human settlement on Mars. Tasks for simple simulation experiments are available for the majority of topics, providing the material for classroom exercise and giving the reader an easy introduction into the field. Extended new case studies of zero carbon buildings are featured in the book, including schemes from Japan, China, Germany, Denmark and the UK, and provide the reader with an enhanced design toolbox to stimulate their own design thinking.

part 1|42 pages


chapter 1|6 pages


chapter 2|34 pages

Design Methods and Design Tools

part 2|20 pages

Global Context

chapter 3|18 pages

Global Issues

part 3|14 pages

Site Context

chapter 4|12 pages

Site Issues

part 4|118 pages

Building Context

chapter 5|5 pages

Building Geometry

chapter 6|16 pages

Thermal Insulation and Airtightness

chapter 7|22 pages

Solar Gain

chapter 8|7 pages

Solar Shading Design

chapter 9|11 pages

Thermal Mass

chapter 10|17 pages

Natural and Mechanical Ventilation

chapter 11|11 pages

Natural Daylight

chapter 13|10 pages

Internal Heat Gains, Heating and Cooling

chapter 14|10 pages

Thermal Comfort

part 5|18 pages

Renewable Energy Context

chapter 15|16 pages

Renewable Energy

part 7|124 pages

Practice, Teaching and Research

chapter 19|56 pages

Case Studies

chapter 20|38 pages


chapter 21|23 pages


chapter 22|5 pages