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Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design

ISBN: 978-0-470-45361-2
384 pages
September 2010
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As more factors, perspectives, and metrics are incorporated into the planning and building process, the roles of engineers and designers are increasingly being fused together. Sustainable Infrastructure explores this trend with in-depth look at sustainable engineering practices in an urban design as it involves watershed master-planning, green building, optimizing water reuse, reclaiming urban spaces, green streets initiatives, and sustainable master-planning. This complete guide provides guidance on the role creative thinking and collaborative team-building play in meeting solutions needed to affect a sustainable transformation of the built environment.
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Foreword by Cliff Garten.

Preface.

Introduction.

Part 1- Process and Systems of Sustainable Design.

Chapter One: The Process of Applied Sustainable Engineering Design.

Framing the Design Challenge.

Creating a New Paradigm for Design.

Integrating Disciplines: Architects and Engineers.

The Sustainable Design Team - An Engineer?s Perspective.

Design Drivers for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems.

Project Drivers.

Establishing Project Values and Setting Goals.

Defining Desired Outcomes and Metrics.

Creating Frameworks and Action Plans.

Design Strategies.

Implementing the Process.

Applying Integrative Design on Old Mint Plaza.

Goal-Setting at Aquatera, Florida.

Chapter 2: Sustainable Infrastructure Frameworks.

Establishing a Framework.

Green Building Rating Systems - Helping or Hurting? An Architect’s Perspective.

Using Sustainable Infrastructure Frameworks.

Using Frameworks for Different Types of Development.

Framework #1: Pillars of Sustainability.

Pillars of Sustainability at The Great Wall Eco Villages.

PlaNYC: Pillars of Sustainability in Action.

Framework #2: The Scale-Density Framework.

Applying the Scale-Density Framework to New Development.

Framework #3: The Transect.

Using the Transect to Redevelop Tehachapi.

AIA COTE "Ten Measures of Sustainability".

Framework #4: The Built Form-Ecology Framework.

Balancing Human and Ecological Development on the Santa Lucia Preserve.

Table of Ecosystem Services.

Synergy and Sustainable Community Design.

One Planet Living Framework - Sonoma Mountain Village.

Endnotes.

Part 2- Sustainable Resource Systems.

Chapter 3: Water Conservation & Supply.

The Aspen Institute: Energy and Environment Program.

Water Management Plans.

Achieving Water Balance.

Looking at a Water Balance for a Buddhist Center in California.

Water Balance on the "Ahwahnee" Project.

The Living Building Challenge - WATER.

Analyzing Water Sources.

Groundwater.

Surface Water.

Rainwater.

Brackish Water.

Seawater.

Stormwater.

Water Supply Strategies.

Reduce Demand / Conserve Water.

Improvements to Infrastructure.

Expansion of Existing Water Resources.

Rainwater Harvesting for a residential property in Sausalito.

Endnotes.

Chapter Four: Inegrated Water Management.

Water as Resource, Not Waste Product.

Impacts of Modern Wastewater Practice.

Redefining Waste Water.

Integrated Stormwater Management.

Effects of Development on Stormwater Runoff.

Low Impact Development Design Principles.

Benefits of LID Stormwater Management.

Order of Design Operations.

Urban Stormwater Treatment Strategies in San Mateo County.

Urban Stormwater Treatment Strategies.

Extensive Stormwater Treatment Systems.

Addressing Constraints and Barriers to Implementation.

Inadequate Local Resources.

Cost.

Physical Site Constraints.

Utility Conflicts.

Maintenance Burden.

Mint Plaza.

San Francisco’s Urban Watershed Planning Charrette.

Graywater Treatment and Reuse.

Graywater Quality Characterization.

Potential as an Alternative Water Source.

Graywater Reuse Systems.

Keys to Long-term Success of a Graywater System.

Berkeley Ecohouse.

Hillside Residence.

Integrating Graywater into a Water Resources Master Plan.

System Process and Components.

Blackwater Management Approaches.

Blackwater Treatment Levels.

Treatment Technologies.

Blackwater Reuse Potential.

Shifting the Water Treatment Paradigm.

Endnotes.

Chapter Five: Energy and Greenhouse Gases.

Reducing Demand through Design.

Reducing Energy Use in Buildings.

Passive Design Strategies.

Using Energy Efficiently.

Energy Efficient Systems for Communities.

Accounting for Water as an Energy Use.

Reducing Demand through Transportation Changes.

Designing Sustainable Power Supplies.

Solar Power.

Photovoltaics (PVs).

Solar Thermal.

Wind Power.

Permitting Steps for Small Wind Turbines.

Geothermal Systems.

Biomass.

Biogas.

Water Power.

Addressing Climate Change and Reducing Carbon Footprint.

Measuring a Project’s Carbon Footprint.

Reducing a Project’s Carbon Impact.

Developing Carbon-Neutrality Management Plans.

Policy Measures for Increasing Energy Security & Efficiency.

Setting Caps.

Net-Metering.

Renewable Energy Certificates.

Green Power Programs.

Incentive Programs.

Regional Power Purchasing Agreements.

Building Scale Financing Options.

Utility Profit Decoupling Strategies.

Efficiency Incentives & Requirements.

Design Guidelines and Performance Standards.

Efficiency Programs and Standards.

Performance Standards.

Endnotes.

Chapter Six: Sustainable Site Planning, Built Systems and Material Flows.

Sustainable Site Planning.

Understanding a Site as a Living System.

Understanding Natural Patterns.

Analysis: Performing Contextual Background Studies.

Synthesis: Interpretation and Response.

Green Streets and Transportation Networks.

Complete Streets.

Typical Street Types and Uses.

Implementing a Woonerf - Santa Monica Borderline.

Implementing Smart-Growth Streets.

Green Streets.

City of Portland Green Streets Program (Portland, OR).

Chicago Green Alleys Program.

Working with the Land.

Sensitive Streetscape Design.

Santa Lucia Preserve Street Design Process.

Sensitive Site Design.

Balancing Earthwork using Grading Analysis.

Material and Waste Flows.

Evaluating the Environmental Impact of Infrastructure Materials.

Materials Red List1.

Choosing Environmentally Appropriate Materials.

Post Tensioning in Concrete Structures.

Construction Methods and Management.

Solid Waste Management.

Endnotes.

Part 3- Design Applications.

Chapter Seven: City-Scale Approaches.

Guangzhou - City-Scale Transformation in China.

Tianjin Eco-City Master Plan.

PlaNYC - An Integrated Stormwater Approach.

San Francisco City Greening Initiatives.

1. San Francisco Better Streets Plan.

2. Urban Forest Master Plan.

3. Stormwater Design Guidelines.

4. Sewer System Master Plan.

5. Mission Streetscape Plan.

6. Cesar Chavez Green Street Corridor.

7. Old Mint Plaza.

8. Pavement to Parks Initiative.

The Expressive Potential of Infrastructure.

Endnotes.

Chapter Eight: Applications for Sustainable Communities.

Achieving a Perfect Balance: Pearl Island, Panama.

Going beyond Engineering - Sharing Standards for Sustainability.

Integrating Stormwater Strategies into the Transect at the Community Scale: Cattle Creek, Colorado.

Stitching Together Lost Connections with Green Infrastructure.

Chapter Nine: Building-Scale Sustainable Infrastructure.

The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California.

Creating the New Academy.

Chartwell School: Design Teaches Children to Celebrate Water, Energy.

Pearl Island, Panama - Designing Buildings for Energy Savings.

Sustainable Sites Initiative.

Brisbane City Hall - Green Site Design.

Stanford Green Dorm - Living Laboratory.

Pearl River Tower - Guangzhou, China.

Endnotes.

Conclusion.

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S. Bry Sarté, PE, ASCE, LEED AP, founder of the Sherwood Institute and Sherwood Design Engineers, is a leading designer in green and sustainable engineering, and has made significant contributions to contemporary research involving global environmental issues affecting water supply, urban design, material science, and energy use. Bry has built an international reputation by providing engineering services and design solutions that reflect a deep commitment to executing well-planned, sustainable alternatives for communities worldwide.
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September 27, 2010
SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design

Sustainable, or “Green,” building practices, coupled with emerging technologies, are transforming the design and construction industries. As more factors, perspectives, and metrics are incorporated into the planning and building process, the roles of engineers and designers are increasingly being fused together. Designers are being asked to account for and incorporate systems thinking, material flows, and environmental performance into their work; and engineers are being asked to apply their technical and infrastructural expertise earlier and more comprehensively as an integral part of the design process. John Wiley & Sons, a leading publisher for designers and engineers, is releasing SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design (John Wiley & Sons; $80.00; September 2010) to explain how engineers are working with other members of the design team to develop a unified strategy that produces the most effective and elegant green alternatives for the revitalization of urban infrastructure.

This new release covers the concepts, strategies, tools, practices, and approaches that lead to environmental improvement through design & engineering practices. In an effort to maximize the usability of dwindling resources such as land and water to help humanity strive to reconnect with the natural world, SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE advocates a multidisciplinary team approach to design that is not only highly sustainable technologically, but also visually beautiful.   

This forward-thinking guide:

  • Contains complete coverage of sustainable infrastructure strategies for watershed master-planning, integrated storm water management, reclaiming urban spaces, and green streets programs
  • Delivers information on how to account for and incorporate systems thinking, material flows, and environmental performance into projects
  • Demonstrates how natural spaces are assimilated into the built environment
  • Offers an international perspective with case studies from around the world
  • Provides guidance on the role creative thinking and collaborative team-building play in developing the complex solutions needed to affect sustainability

SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE takes an in-depth view of the challenges involved in matching artistic impression with engineering principles in a sustainable development context. It is the first to recognize and articulate the design and engineering perspectives when approaching the development of a modern sustainable infrastructure. This book is an essential reference, for any professional incorporating sustainability into their design of urban infrastructure.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

S. Bry Sarté, PE, ASCE, LEED AP, founder of the Sherwood Institute and Sherwood Design Engineers, is a leading designer in green and sustainable engineering, and has made significant contributions to contemporary research involving global environmental issues affecting water supply, urban design, material science, and energy use. Bry has built an international reputation by providing engineering services and design solutions that reflect a deep commitment to executing well-planned, sustainable alternatives for communities worldwide. 

 SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE

The Guide to Green Engineering and Design

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication date: September 27, 2010

$80.00; Hardcover; 384 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-45361-2

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