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Principles of low carbon design

Principles of Low Carbon Design and Refurbishment Full Guide

Principles of Low Carbon Design

Principles of Low Carbon Design and Refurbishment Second Edition

Principles of Low Carbon Design and Refurbishment Executive Summary

Principles of Low Carbon Design Executive Summary

Principles of Low Carbon Design and Refurbishment Executive Summary (A5)

Architects face a new challenge at the beginning of the twenty-first century: how to ensure that the new buildings they design and the existing buildings they refurbish emit dramatically less carbon dioxide than has been common practice in recent decades. Low carbon buildings are designed to produce significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions than others, helping to mitigate climate change.

Some robust principles of energy efficient, low carbon design have been established over the past thirty years. Many experimental and exemplar low carbon buildings have been created, monitored and extensively evaluated.

This guide deals first with domestic buildings, then with non-domestic buildings. It summarises the key principles that should be adhered to in order to achieve a low carbon design, and provides links to sources of more detailed information. Finally, the guide presents some information about new and renewable energy systems that is common to both sectors.

The RIBA's guide to Principles of Low Carbon Design and Refurbishment is available as the full A4 Guide, or an A5 Summary.  Both are free to download:

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