O'Reilly logo

Design Economics for the Built Environment: Impact of Sustainability on Project Evaluation by Herbert Robinson, Barry Symonds, Barry Gilbertson, Ben Ilozor

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Preface

The drive towards low carbon economy, zero carbon buildings and environmentally friendly infrastructure means that there is a growing interest to design in a way that reflects sustainability principles of balancing economic, social and environmental factors. Design economists are increasingly called upon to respond to new and complex challenges by providing solutions that deliver value for money for clients within the constraints of balancing the environmental, economic and social factors in the development process. The unifying theme throughout the book is therefore how to respond to the increasing social, economic and environmental pressure as a result of changes in regulations and clients’ priorities to address emerging challenges in the built environment. Previous books on design economics are either too out-dated, or narrowly focused, on exploring the relationship between fundamental design variables relating to geometry in terms of size, shape, arrangement, height and their effects on capital costs. There have been a number of significant books written on the subject over the past decades. The Economics of Building by Herbert W. Robinson published in 1939 was the first book to be devoted entirely to the economic aspects of building. This book was a condensation of the author’s PhD thesis written at the London School of Economics and was followed by other significant publications including Ivor Seeley’s popular book on Building Economics in 1972.

However, it is ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required