Managing our built environment in a changing climate

October 8th, 2012 by Routledge

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The Earth’s temperature is rising. To limit catastrophic outcomes, the international scientific community has set a challenging goal of no more than 2° Celsius (3.6° Fahrenheit) average temperature rise.

Economists agree we will save trillions of dollars by acting early. But how do we act successfully? And what’s the backup plan if we fall short?

Setting politics aside, Two Degrees reviews the current science and explains how we can set practical steps to reduce the extent of warming and to adapt to the inevitable changes, all while improving the bottom line, beautifying our communities, and increasing human health.

The book is a practical guide intended for a broad audience of those who occupy and shape our built environment.

The authors provide a clear framework for communities, policy makers, planners, designers, developers, builders, and operators to help manage the impacts and capture the opportunities of our changing climate.

Two Degrees is divided into three sections—Fundamentals, Mitigation, and Adaptation—covering a diverse array of topics ranging from climate-positive communities and low-carbon buildings to the psychology of choice and the cost of a low-carbon economy.

After a foreword by Amory Lovins, more than ten contributing authors share knowledge based on direct experience in all aspects of built environment practice.

This book clarifies the misconceptions, provides new and unique insights, and shows how a better approach to the built environment can increase resilience and positively shape our future.

Two Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate‘ is by Alisdair McGregor, Cole Roberts, and Fiona Cousins.

Alisdair McGregor is a Principal of Arup based in San Francisco.He is also an Arup Fellow. Alisdair McGregor has over 25 years of experience in the design of buildings for low energy performance. He has led design teams for a wide variety of Arup projects including corporate offices, research labs, hospitals, museums and civic facilities and has particular interest in the integration of sustainable design principles. McGregor has extensive experience in the use of natural ventilation, daylighting, and water conservation as well as examining the energy performance of buildings. He was bestowed an Honorary Senior Fellowship in 2005 by the Design Futures Council for his noteworthy leadership in the advancement of design solutions.

Cole Roberts, is Senior Sustainability Consultant, and Associate Engineer, in Arup’s San Francisco office specializing in sustainable design, assessment, and consultation. Cole Roberts is a regular speaker on sustainability and has been a repeat guest lecturer at Stanford University, the California College of Art, and the California Community Colleges.

Fiona Cousins is Principal at Arup, New York. She is a Mechanical Engineer by training, and joined Arup in 1985. She has extensive project management and mechanical engineering experience. She worked for both corporate and institutional clients on a wide variety of building projects, and has a strong interest in the thermal performance and sustainability of buildings. She taught at Yale University from 2005 to 2006, and Columbia Graduate School of Architecture in 2008 and 2009. She is a frequent speaker at key conferences and has publishing experience.

The book will be published on 30 October 2012.

It is available as a paperback (ISBN 978-0-415-69300-4) for £34.99 and as a hardback (ISBN 978-0-415-69299-1) for £100.00.


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