built environment Articles

  • Greening the Built Environment

    ASTM Standards and Products Form the Foundation of Sustainable Construction Efforts Today, a major focal point for the worldwide building industry is the growing demand for sustainable construction. Sustainable, or “green,” construction is focused on the more effective use of resources and ultimately the creation of healthier, energy efficient, more environmentally ...


    By ASTM International

  • Role of environmental health professionals in improving the built environment

    Environmental health professionals (EHPs) have always played a critical role in protecting the public’s health by preventing outbreaks, responding to environmental emergencies, and enforcing public health standards. Traditionally, this role has not focused on improving the built environment, which is the physical environment where people live, work, and play. The design of the built environment, ...

  • Defining sustainability for built environment systems: an operational framework

    One of the ongoing challenges in the quest to make our built environment more sustainable is defining what sustainability means in terms understandable to and measurable by built environment decision makers. This paper illustrates one approach to developing a comprehensive and exhaustive definition of sustainability for the built environment deriving domain-specific variables from fundamental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Obsolescence types and the built environment - definitions and implications

    In view of the literature to date as well as anecdotal conversations with practitioners and consultants in various sectors of the built environment industry, it is observed that the term 'obsolescence' is scarcely used or comprehended with its diverse implications. In the context of climate change impacts this term is even more uncommon. This paper describes implications of the term in the form ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A parametric review of the built environment sustainability literature

    The literature on built environment sustainability has grown dramatically in the past 10 years. Despite the proliferation of literature, there is still no consensus on how comprehensively and uniformly to define the concept of sustainability as it pertains to the built environment, nor is there consensus on what aspects of the built environment should be considered in evaluating the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • It’s time to bring nature into our built environments

    The best design includes nature at its core. If we think about where we most enjoy vacationing, it usually involves some beautiful natural location such as a beach, an island or the mountains. The restorative experiences nature offers are a quality of biophilia, the innate human need for a connection with nature. Chances are, you enjoy a sunny ...


    By Ensia

  • Sustainability in the built environment: a new holistic taxonomy of aspects for decision making

    The new agenda of sustainability requires a change in emphasis and a change in the criteria through which sustainability is evaluated in planning and design. It requires the adoption of a suitable framework which enables decision makers (designers, planners, local authorities) to understand the problems implied in a decision. This paper seeks to illustrate the relevance of the framework developed ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An introduction to the Special Issue: An overview, history and context for the consideration of risk in the built environment

    Especially since the terrorist attacks in the USA in 2001, the public has become much more enlightened regarding the trade-off of risk and security among choices of investment in communities. This introductory paper suggests that this is an important time to share the broader, comparative issues of structural safety with respect to risk assessment and management in the built environment, i.e. the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The transition to sustainability in the planning, construction and management of the built environment in South Africa

    The concept of sustainable development and its application in South Africa are outlined, within the context of emerging policies and legislation. South African trends in the transition to sustainability are discussed for each of five stages in the life cycle of the built environment: urban planning; project design; the manufacture of building materials and products; construction and maintenance ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • In search of symbiosis: constructing built environments based on site thermal climatic characteristics

    Utilising nature as a building system input generates symbiotic interrelationships between the occupants and the built and natural environment, and suggests an innovative design methodology grounded in the contextual natural processes of a given site. This approach was explored through the design of an office building within a variant climate site, Takoma Park, Washington DC. The focus was on the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The study of summer-time heat island, built form and fabric in a densely built urban environment in compact Chinese cities: Hong Kong, Guangzhou

    The authors investigated the environmental disaffects of the mixed and intensive land-use (MILU) urban model that are responsible for the high-rise and high-densities cities of Asia. The compact urban form is associated with environmental consequences such as worsen canyon geometry due to close proximity of built form and urban fabric. Canyons are responsible for the worsening of urban ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Study on the effect of preference of air–conditioning usage on the exergy consumption pattern within a built environment

    According to previous work, preference is one major factor influencing occupants' behaviour. This paper aims at identifying the magnitude preference on the exergy consumption pattern within a built environment. The comparison is made between one group claiming to like sleeping in air–conditioned spaces and the other claiming to dislike it. In conclusion, the exergy analysis showed that at the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Development of human–body exergy balance model for a better understanding of thermal comfort in the built environment

    This paper briefly describes the human–body exergy balance equation developed so far applying a variety of formulae derived from the fundamentals of thermodynamics, namely the concepts of wet/dry exergy associated with moist air and liquid water, warm/cool exergy transferred by radiation and convection. A couple of numerical examples of the whole human–body exergy balance are given and discussed ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Built to last: why BAAN continues to be successful

    A company that is "built to last" is no flash in the pan, but one that will continue to grow and have a long-term influence on its environment. Vision and dynamism are determinative in order to achieve this. The combination of innovation and conservatism is striking. The core values and the core objective form the immutable, guiding values, principles, and preconditions. This paper ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Analysis of local concentration gradients in complex built environments: implications for Air Quality Management Areas

    This paper reviews the existing guidance on placement of permanent air quality monitoring stations within urban areas and suggests the principles for a new, performance-based guidance. An integrated air quality model has been developed and validated for the designated Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) located in Glasgow City Centre to analyse the importance of local concentration gradients on ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Brexit and the environment

    The EU results have caused a massive stir in the political and economic landscape with many people still debating the ramifications. Perhaps less documented however is potential effect that leaving the EU could have on the environment and legislation to protect it. Though debating the positives of the EU may seem somewhat redundant now, there was little denying that in most cases, their ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • How are Green Buildings Built? A Closer Look at a Modern Marvel

    Green building refers to an environment friendly structure which is built in such a manner that it continues to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout its life. When we say throughout its life, it includes everything right from an eco-friendly design to the use of material which will make sure that the environment is not harmed even when the structure in question is ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Assessing sustainability performance of built projects: a building process approach

    Existing environmental performance assessment approaches focus on the overall performance to reflect sustainability of built projects. However, the impacts caused by construction activities on the environment occur throughout a project's life cycle which may be different at different stages. Similarly, the economic benefits and social impacts from implementing a construction project may also be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • For a clean Environment case study

    AmeyCespa is one of the leading providers of recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion and waste management services. The company combines the expertise of Amey, the UK’s leading public service provider, and Cespa, Spain’s major waste management company, which has over 40 years of expertise in the field. In Waterbeach, which is located only a few miles north of Cambridge (England), ...


    By WEIMA

  • A thought for World Environment Day

    With World Environment Day approaching, I decided I really should poke my head above the parapet. As an environmental engineer it behoves me to add my bit about waste. Let me explain where I fit in. I work in the oil and gas business (boooo I hear you say). Well that aside, someone needs to work there to keep them as clean as possible! My forte is waste and water management and zero waste is the ...


    By Ive Design

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