Essential diversity.ENVIRONMENTAL DIVERSITY IN ARCHITECTURE
Edited by Koen Steemers and Mary Mary, the mother of Jesus
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This book addresses the human response to the environment in and around buildings. It is diverse by title and diverse in subject. The chapters are papers collected from and based on recent research thinking. The research is important because it shows how we can make buildings better for people by understanding their need for diversity--especially in their demands on the environment. The book deals mostly with light, heat, and sound.
The reason the book is so important is that the implications for energy used in buildings are very wide. Buildings need to be able to select their energy exchange with the ambient Surrounding. For example, ambient temperature and humidity are atmospheric conditions that exist at the moment. See ambient lighting. environment so that people are comfortable inside buildings without their being modified using carbon fuel. The standard approach to services design sets fixed targets to be achieved and this implies that carbon fuel is often needed to heat or cool a building during the same short period measured in hours. Lighting design targets are set at levels which are not diverse and can hardly be reached with natural lighting. Recently narrow acoustic acoustic /acous·tic/ (ah-kldbomacs´tik) relating to sound or hearing.
a·cous·tic or a·cous·ti·cal
Of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the perception of sound. standards have been set for enforcement in schools and these demand increased use of fossil fuels fossil fuel: see energy, sources of; fuel.
Any of a class of materials of biologic origin occurring within the Earth's crust that can be used as a source of energy. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum, and natural gas. .
The book should have a place at every practitioners elbow because it is a source of quotable quot·a·ble
Suitable for or worthy of quoting: a quotable slogan; a quotable pundit.
quot instances to justify a diverse approach to environmental standards in buildings. I work in this field and found my reactions swinging strongly from approval to disapproval, but the overall approach to a very difficult subject is wonderful and I hope it is the start of a long development.
There is another issue about this book in that it illustrates how difficult it is to classify clas·si·fy
tr.v. clas·si·fied, clas·si·fy·ing, clas·si·fies
1. To arrange or organize according to class or category.
2. To designate (a document, for example) as confidential, secret, or top secret. architectural research as belonging to science or to the humanities: it puts Fanger comfort theory into context as scientific research. As it deals with the subjective response of people the subject is a humanity. How does this square with the research assessment parameters?