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, this book advocates a multidisciplinary team approach to design that is not only highly sustainable technologically, but also visually beautiful. Sustainable Infrastructure discusses 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 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 examines the innovations in areas such as water resource management, site design, and land planning to help establish the framework for creating the healthy socio–economic environments of tomorrow, while it honors the aesthetic values that celebrate and enhance the human experience.
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.
Establishing Project Values and Setting Goals.
Defining Desired Outcomes and Metrics.
Creating Frameworks and Action Plans.
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.
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.
Water Supply Strategies.
Reduce Demand / Conserve Water.
Improvements to Infrastructure.
Expansion of Existing Water Resources.
Rainwater Harvesting for a residential property in Sausalito.
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.
Physical Site Constraints.
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.
Integrating Graywater into a Water Resources Master Plan.
System Process and Components.
Blackwater Management Approaches.
Blackwater Treatment Levels.
Blackwater Reuse Potential.
Shifting the Water Treatment Paradigm.
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.
Permitting Steps for Small Wind Turbines.
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.
Renewable Energy Certificates.
Green Power 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.
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.
Typical Street Types and Uses.
Implementing a Woonerf – Santa Monica Borderline.
Implementing Smart–Growth 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.
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.
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.