For sustainable architecture to become a reality, the way we design buildings needs to change. Many architects are concerned that sustainable technologies may interfere with a building’s aesthetic appearance, and so these are often ‘added on’ once the design process is complete.

Elements of Sustainable Architecture solves this dilemma by helping students to develop the design skills they need to create sustainable buildings – ensuring that ecological considerations are applied throughout the design process. Restoring the primacy of aesthetics and creativity to sustainable design, the book focuses on strategies that have the greatest impact on building design. It also shows the influence of sustainability considerations on choices about aspects such as composition, form, space, tectonics, materials, colour, textures, proportion and position.

Specifically designed to offer a new way of understanding architecture, the book:

  • introduces students to the basic principles and methods of sustainable design;
  • features current examples and inspiring case studies to support learning step by step;
  • presents information in a visually appealing, intuitive, easy-to-understand way;
  • includes over 500 high-quality colour diagrams, drawings, sketches and photographs.

A clear, visual introduction to creating aesthetically beautiful and sustainable buildings, this is essential reading for students in sustainable architecture courses.

Introduction.  Part 1: Territorial and Urban Elements.  Introduction to Territorial and Urban Elements.  1. Designing with Climate and Terrain.  2. Designing with Constructed Elements.  3. Designing with Voids.  4. Designing with the Human Factor.  5. Designing with Networks.  6. Designing through Management.  Part 2: Natural Elements.  Introduction to Natural Elements.  7. Designing with Earth.  8. Designing with Living Elements.  9. Designing with Air.  10. Designing with the Sunlight.  11. Designing with Water.  Part 3: Material Elements.  Introduction to Material Elements.  12. Designing with Natural Fibers.  13. Designing with Products Derived from Wood.  14. Designing with Metals.  15. Designing with Stone Materials.  16. Designing with Translucent Materials.  17. Designing with Textile Materials.  Case Studies.  City Council House 2.  Modern Education 
and Training Institute.  Tara House.  Umwelt Arena.  Nest We Grow.  B01 Malmö Ecocity.  Recovery and Transformation of Valdemingómez’s Landfill.  Further Reading.  Index.