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Greening the built environment

Paten, Cheryl , Birkeland, Janis, & Pears, Alan (2005) Greening the built environment. In Hargroves, Karlson & Smith, Michael H. (Eds.) The natural advantage of nations : business opportunities, innovation, and governance in the 21st century. Earthscan, United Kingdom, London, pp. 346-370.

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Abstract

There are many well-documented examples of how our ancestors successfully used their surroundings to sculpt sustainable built environments. Attention to natural energy flows and to the properties of local materials was rewarded with comfortable shelters and small ecological footprints. However, over a time span of a few decades communities around the world have lost, or 'misplaced' much of their cultural knowledge. This has led to the adoption of many 'standard' practices that are not necessarily suited to the local context. While case studies demonstrate that architecture, planning, design and materials are all undergoing 'dramatic sustainability breakthroughs', why is our built environment generally becoming less comfortable and more resource hungry?

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ID Code: 21209
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Environmental Management, Passive Solar Design, Ecological Design, Built Environment, Natural Advantage, Green buildings, Design innovation
ISBN: 1844071219
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architecture not elsewhere classified (120199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Science and Techniques (120202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900) > Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified (129999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > Economic Theory (140100) > Economic Theory not elsewhere classified (140199)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Earthscan
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2009 08:01
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2014 12:53

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