Notification Window

Sustainable Design Book Shelf

 

TOWARDS SUSTAINable literacy


 

Sustainable Architect 2.0

Fall 2014

OAA's Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC) has collaborated in writing this edition of OAA Perspectives. Articles written cover topics on sustainability and the 2030 Challenge.

DOWNLOAD  PDF



New! Perverse Cities 

PAMELA BLAIS

 

Perverse Cites examines how accurate pricing and better regulatory policy can help curb sprawl, and create efficient and sustainable urban forms…

GO TO WEBSITE>>

New! The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability-Designing for Abundance 

WILLIAM MCDONOUGH AND MICHAEL BRAUNGART

DescriptionAs a follow up to the 2001 ecological manifesto Cradle to Cradle, The Upcycle looks at the lessons learned after more than 10 years of employing these concept and envisions the next step… 

GO TO WEBSITE>>


New! Materials Matter: Toward a Sustainable Materials Policy 

KENNETH GEISER

 

This book shifts the focus from the waste-end of the material cycle, to the design and selection process, as best way to avoid damage to our ecosystem. It advocated for socially responsible policy for products and services…

GO TO WEBSITE>>

The Hannover Principles

WILLIAM MCDONOUGH & PARTNERS

Nearly a decade ago, the City of Hannover, Germany, asked McDonough & Braungart to develop a set of design principles for the 2000 World's Fair. The result was a manifesto for sustainable design.

GO TO DOCUMENT>>

Hot Air

M. JACCARD, N. RIVERS, AND J. SIMPSON

This book starts with an alarming description of how Canadians have been betrayed by their politicians, their industrialists, and their environmentalists, and then lays out the few simple policies that Canada must adopt…

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Silent Spring

RACHEL CARSON

First Published in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.…

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Cradle to Cradle

W. MCDONOUGH, M. BRAUNGART

A tree produces thousands of blossoms in order to create another tree, yet we do not consider its abundance wasteful but safe, beautiful, and highly effective; hence, "waste equals food" is the first principle the book sets forth.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Natural Capitalism

P. HAWKEN, A.B. LOVINS, AND L.H. LOVINS

On its first publication 10 years ago, Natural Capitalism rocked the world of business with its innovative new approach - an approach that fused ecological integrity with business acumen.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

The Ecology of Commerce 

P. HAWKEN

Hawken's impassioned argument—that business both causes the most egregious abuses of the environment and, crucially, holds the most potential for solving our sustainability problems—is more relevant and resonant than ever.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

An Inconvenient Truth

A. GORE

Gore’s groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance—was published to tie in with the documentary film of the same name. …

GO TO WEBSITE>>

What We See, Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs

EDITED BY STEPHEN A. GOLDSMITH & LYNN ELIZABETH

What We See is a reference book for those trying to comprehend the dynamics of cities that pulse with social and economic transactions in an inter-related web akin to natural ecosystems. Through Jacobs’ cat- eyed glasses...

GO TO WEBSITE>>

The New Sustainability Advantage 

BOB WILLARD

The New Sustainability Advantage has a recalibrated and more compelling business case for sustainability strategies. It shows that if a typical company were to use best-practice sustainability approaches.... 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

ZUGUNRUHE – The Inner Migration to Profound Environmental Change

JASON F. MCLENNAN

Just prior to periods of great migration, certain species display agitation and restlessness - a phenomenon referred to by scientists as ‘zugunruhe’. McLennan identifies a similar pattern emerging among people yearning for a sustainable... 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

The Long Emergency

JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER 

The depletion of nonrenewable fossil fuels is about to radically change life as we know it, and much sooner than we think. The Long Emergency tells us just what to expect after the honeymoon of affordable energy is over, preparing us for... 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Dry Run - Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

JERRY YUDELSON

With water restrictions emerging in many developed countries and water diversions for industrial, urban, and environmental reasons stirring up oceans of controversy, there is a growing thirst for innovative approaches to reducing our water... 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design: The Future of Architecture

JASON F. MCLENNAN

In "The Philosophy of Sustainable Design", Jason McLennan outlines the major ideas and issues that have emerged in the growing movement of green architecture and sustainable design over the last thirty years. This book is intended as... 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

The Sustainable Architect

Spring 2009

Ontario architects are in the forefront of the pursuit of environmental design. Several Ontario architects describe their experiences with a subject that can be endlessly fascinating, deceptively complex and periodically humbling.

DOWNLOAD  PDF

 

New! An Introduction to Passive House: Building for the Future

JUSTIN BERE

Written by a leading UK Passive House architect, this book contains essays and case studies which explore the European born voluntary program for energy-efficient buildings. 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

New! Walking Home: The Life Lessons of A City Builder

KEN GREENBERG 

This books, by one the world’s foremost urban designers, is both a personal story and a lesson in transforming the cities we live into places we can call home. Walking Home is an endorsement of all the great and sustainable qualities of good urbanism and planning.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

New! Sustainable Residential Development: Planning and Design for Green Neighborhoods

AVI FRIEDMAN 

Written by internationally renowned architect Avi Friedman, this book looks at the of planning and designing green communities. Accompanied with plans, elevations, and vignettes, it shows how to apply constriction principles and techniques…

GO TO WEBSITE>>

The Sustainable Urban Development Reader

EDITED BY S.M. WHEELER, T. BEATLEY

This reader brings together classic readings from a wide variety of sources to investigate how our cities and towns can become more sustainable. 61 selections cover issues from land use planning to urban design and economic development

GO TO WEBSITE>>

HOK Green Design Guide

S. MENDLER, W. ODELL AND M.A. LAZARUS

A practical reference guide on the integration of sustainable, high performance design covers major sustainability issues on an introductory level. Newly updated, this edition emphasizes the project process, cost implications, case studies, and lessons learned.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature

D. FARR

An urgent call to action and a comprehensive introduction to "sustainable urbanism"--the emerging and growing design reform movement that combines the creation and enhancement of walkable and diverse places with the need to build high-performance infrastructure and buildings.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Journal of Green Building

PERIODICAL

Journal of Green Building offers a coverage of green building topics, applications, techniques, and processes. An excellent resource!

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Net Zero Energy Buildings: International Comparison of Carbon-Neutral Lifestyles

KARSTEN VOSS

Net-zero energy buildings, equilibrium buildings, or carbon-neutral cities--depending on location and underlying "agenda", the statistics vary. The variety of terms in use indicates that a scientific method is still lacking--which poses a problem... 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Busby: Learning Sustainable Design

PETER BUSBY AND PERKINS + WILL

The book is a retrospective of Peter Busby’s experience and pioneering work in the area of sustainable design over the past 20 years. As a body, the projects trace an advancing level of sophistication in the application of sustainable design. 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Design with Microclimate - The Secret to Comfortable Outdoor Space

ROBERT D. BROWN 

DescriptionRobert Brown helps us see that a "thermally comfortable microclimate" is the very foundation of well-designed and well-used outdoor places. Brown argues that as we try to minimize human-induced changes to the climate...  

GO TO WEBSITE>>


Carrot City - Creating Places for Urban Agriculture

MARK GORGOLEWSKI, JUNE KOMISAR, JOE NASR

Carrot City is a collection of ideas, both conceptual and realized, that use design to enable sustainable food production, helping to reintroduce urban agriculture to our cities. Focusing on the need and desire to grow food... 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Integrated Design - MITHUN

DAVID R. MACAULAY

As the first decade of this century draws to a close, it is clear that a new type of architecture and landscape must emerge that is ecologically sound, socially just and designed for both utility and beauty, if we are to successfully deal with the... 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

 
 

New! The Sustainable Built Environment: Technical, managerial, legal and economic aspects

BEGUM SERTYESILISIK AND AHMED AL SHAMMA'A

Starting from the broader topic of creating sustainable built environments, this book explores the less glamorous, but highly relevant areas of procurement, cost modelling and legal issues…

GO TO WEBSITE>>

New! Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects

NORBERT LECHNER 

This new edition continues to explore the process of making formal design decisions based on natural systems. The reference delves into the technical details and standards of energy-efficient building systems… 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

New! Building Services Design for Energy Efficient Buildings

HUSSAM JOUHARA, PAUL TYMKOW, SAVVAS TASOU AND MARIA KOLOKOTRONI

This books looks at designing principal systems which are energy efficient and follow a strategic approach. Written through a lens of contemporary understanding, it examines the role and influence of building services…

GO TO WEBSITE>>

The Passive Solar Energy Book

E. MAZRIA

Provides comprehensive information on the design and application of passive solar-energy systems and assesses twenty-seven design patterns that offset a variety of factors influencing the effectiveness of solar heating.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Low Energy Buildings & District Energy Systems

L.D. DANNY HARVEY

Bringing together a wealth of information on energy use and energy efficiency in buildings at a level that can be easily digested and applied, Harvey offers a comprehensive, objective, and critical sourcebook on low-energy buildings.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Energy and the New Reality

L.D. DANNY HARVEY

Reducing and managing humanity's demand for energy is a fundamental part of the effort to mitigate climate change. The most comprehensive textbook ever written on the subject, it lays out the theory and practice of how things must change.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

2013 Ashrae Handbook: Fundamentals

ASHRAE

The 2013 ASHRAE Handbook  covers basic principles and data used in the HVAC&R industry. Updated with research sponsored by ASHRAE and others, this volume covers general engineering information, basic materials, climate data, load and energy calculations, duct and pipe design, and sustainability.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

High Performance Enclosures: Design Guide for Institutional, Commercial and Industrial Buildings in Cold Climates

JOHN F. STRAUBE

This book provides guidance for architects and building enclosure engineers working to meet the growing need for buildings that have significantly lower operation energy consumption.  It addresses a range of practical questions about low energy building enclosures that save energy while simultaneously improving durability, comfort, and rain control.

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design

PABLO LA ROCHE

 

This full-color book presents strategies and methods to achieve CO2 reductions, with an emphasis on control of energy flows through the building envelope and passive heating and cooling strategies. 

GO TO WEBSITE>>

Building Systems Integration For Enhanced Environmental Performance

SHAHIN VASSIGN AND JASON R. CHANDLER

As the environmental impact of buildings becomes increasingly recognized, the role of building designers and the initial decision-making process, which determines materials, systems, and construction processes... 

GO TO WEBSITE>>