Towards Sustainable Building Design

By David Grierson.

Published by The Design Collection

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Work recently undertaken at the University of Strathclyde, Department of Architecture, is concerned with the articulation of a management system that might support sustainable design. Aligned with the international standard ISO 14001, a system has been piloted in housing development projects around Glasgow, and offers a supporting framework for the implementation of agreed actions and addresses a number of key urban planning and building design tasks incorporating six related themes. This paper will discuss the context and introduce the themes of Human Impact (including consideration of quality of life issues, consultation and social inclusion, development factors, health factors, comfort levels, accessibility, public transportation, facilities for cyclists); Environmental Impact (including consideration of protection of local ecological features/biodiversity, environmental assessment); Pollution Prevention (including consideration of indoor air quality (emissions from equipment, out-gassing of toxins/radiations), elimination of toxins, control of pollutants during constructions); Sustainability Management (including consideration of integrated and systemic approaches e.g. sustainability/environmental performance targets, management systems and procedures, construction management, commissioning, dissemination workshops, post-occupancy feedback visits); Resource Efficiency (including consideration of, lean design, material use and recycling, embodied energy, water consumption and conservation); and Energy Efficiency (including consideration of, targets, benchmarks and best practice energy use, passive solar, renewable energy, thermal modelling, insulation, ventilation, heating, CHP, heat recovery.

Keywords: Sustainability, Urban Planning, Building Design, Management System

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.143-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.136MB).

Dr. David Grierson

Director of Research in Architecture, Director of Sustainable Engineering, Director of the David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Dr Grierson is both an architect and academic. He is Director of Research at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. He also currently runs the Faculty’s Postgraduate Programme in Sustainable Engineering, and is Director of the University-wide David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability. His teaching and research interests are in sustainable architecture and urban design. Dr Grierson is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a visiting lecturer in sustainability at Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Rome, and the University of Florence. His own architectural work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy Exhibition in London and he has gained a number of architectural awards including two Glasgow Institute of Architecture (GIA) Design Awards and a Sir Rowan Anderson Silver Medal for Architectural Design (RIAS). He has an active role in both the architectural and engineering professions, being listed on the UK Register of Architects (ARB), acting as the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor (Engineering Design for Sustainable Development) contact for Faculty, and representing the University as a member of the Glasgow Urban Design Panel which advises Glasgow City Council’s Planning Committee on planning decisions.


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