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Building Sustainable Futures

Design and the Built Environment

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  • Explains key topics related to sustainable development and futures
  • Clarifies the impact of emerging technologies on sustainable development
  • Provides strategic frameworks in critical areas such as sustainable design, construction and urban planning
  • Includes case studies from key researchers and environmental agencies identifying pathways to sustainability
  • Highlights "Critical Success Factors" that can make or break a project
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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Sustainable Construction and Measurement

  2. Exemplars in Sustainable Design and Built Environment

  3. Sustainable Planning, Urbanism and Development


About this book

This book presents state-of-the-art research and case studies on new approaches to the design, construction and planning of our cities. Emphasis is placed on the role of alternative and renewable energy in the development of urban infrastructures that enable sustainable futures. Reflecting the multi-faceted efforts required to successfully meet sustainability challenges, this book is a collaboration between practitioners and academics across a broad spectrum of specializations. Compelling research findings are explained in the context of practical implementation, enhanced by case studies from industry leaders in order to create a pragmatic reference across policy areas where environmentally aware decision making is required.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Arts, Enviro & Tech, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom

    Mohammad Dastbaz

  • Centre for Urban Dev & Environmental Mgt, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom

    Ian Strange

  • Building Technology and Urban Systems, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA

    Stephen Selkowitz

About the editors

Dr. Mohammad Dastbaz is Dean of Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology and Professor of Informatics at Leeds Beckett University. Professor Dastbaz’s research work over recent years has been focused on the use and impact of emerging technologies in society, particularly learning, training and the development of “eGovernment.” Dr. Dastbaz has led EU and UK based funded research projects and has been the Symposium Chair of Multimedia Systems in IEEE’s Information Visualisation (IV) conference since 2002. He has over 50 refereed publications, including numerous journal paper articles, conference papers, book chapters and books on e-learning, eGovernment and the design and development of Multimedia Systems. Professor Dastbaz is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and UK’s Higher Education Academy as well as the professional member of ACM and IEEE’s computer society.

Dr. Ian Strange is Professor of Spatial Policy and Head of Centre for Urban Development and Environmental Management (CUDEM). His research experience and expertise lies within the areas of urban governance and art, cultural and heritage policy. Professor Strange’s research work includes contracts for the ESRC, European Commission, UK Government departments, cultural and arts organizations and various local and regional authorities. His participation in EPSRC/ESRC research cluster on values in the historic environment, and his extensive work on European spatial development policy through the European Spatial Planning and Observation Network (ESPON) projects.

Dr. Stephen Selkowitz has 40 years of experience in the field of building energy performance, with an emphasis on research, development, and deployment of energy efficient technologies and design practices.  He is Senior Advisor for Building Science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and Leader of the Windows and Envelope Materials Group. His responsibilities include technical oversight ofWindows, Daylighting, and Envelope Systems R&D, and he leads projects on building systems R&D and strategic planning related to field performance of integrated building systems, and Net Zero Energy buildings.  Projects range from basic materials research intended to influence the next generation of building products to demonstrations of emerging technology to, and include development of the new computer tools needed to change the practice of building design and operations. Selkowitz led the team to develop FLEXLAB, a unique outdoor testbed at LBNL to directly measure energy use and occupant comfort of integrated advanced building systems. Selkowitz participates in a wide range of building industry, government, and professional activit
ies in the U.S. and internationally, and author of over 170 publications and holds 2 patents.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Building Sustainable Futures

  • Book Subtitle: Design and the Built Environment

  • Editors: Mohammad Dastbaz, Ian Strange, Stephen Selkowitz

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Energy, Energy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-19347-2Published: 24 November 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36226-7Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-19348-9Published: 13 November 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 351

  • Topics: Renewable and Green Energy, Civil Engineering, Sustainable Development

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