The Economy of Sustainable Construction

Inspired by the 4th International Holcim Forum, Mumbai, India The Economy of Sustainable Construction examines how sustainability can deliver a robust response to fiscal challenges. The book evaluates current architectural practices and models, and also introduces materials and methods to maximize the environmental, social, and economic performance of buildings. Contained within its 400 pages are essays, reports, and case studies that examine the relationship between commercial and sustainable values, and explore the paths that construction will take in the 21st century. The Economy of Sustainable Construction points out the urgency of adapting more sustainable construction practices and buildings in the light of rapid urbanization, the vast growths of today’s giant cities, the sluggish economy, and burgeoning climate issues. The Economy of Sustainable Construction, edited and published by Ruby Press Berlin was supported by the Holcim Foundation. Inspired by the 4th International Holcim Forum held in Mumbai in 2013, the authors propose how architecture, engineering and construction can contribute to the challenges of a global economy – in the shadow of increasing urbanization, demands for ever more economic growth around the world, compounded by serious environmental and social consequences. The experts examine how a sustainable future could be secured without making radical changes to the economic system. Even though sustainability is widely held to be “the right thing to do,” a major barrier to a sustainable revolution in the construction industry has been its initial higher price, whether perceived or real. The case studies and research in The Economy of Sustainable Construction challenges the assumption that sustainable construction costs more and also deconstructs outmoded methodologies for evaluating the profitability of a building. The Economy of Sustainable Construction explores new paradigms of construction and prosperity that can work with our environment, rather than against it. No panacea for the environmental, economic, and social problems is presented in the book, but two broad strategies are postulated: firstly, short-term economic incentives for sustainable construction and; secondly, more holistic approaches to building concerned less with profits and more with social and ecological sustainability. Bibliographic details  The Economy of Sustainable ConstructionIlka & Andreas Ruby, Nathalie Janson (eds)Binding/Format: Hardcover, English, 416 pages, 23.5 x 17.5 cmImprint: Ruby Press: Berlin, 2013ISBN: 978-3-944074-07-8 Ordering instructions Order directly from the publisher, Ruby Press, for €38 per copy (excl. handling charges): Table of Contents Graphic Introduction Can Sustainable Construction Be Economical?Lucas Bretschger Introduction Putting Sustainability in the BlackIlka & Andreas Ruby and Nathalie Janson Resources Introduction: Reinventing Technology LocallyHansjürg Leibundgut Local Alternatives: Replacing Steel with BambooDirk Hebel Neighborhoods In-Formation: Engaging with Local Building Practices in MumbaiMatias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava Social Capital Credits: A New Currency for SustainabilityGeeta Mehta The Sharing Economy Comes Home: New Housing Trends and Practices That Are Changing How We LiveYassi Eskandari-Qajar Building Out of ClayFrancis Kéré Diversity Introduction: Upgrading Informal Settlements While Preserving CommunitiesHans-Rudolf Schalcher Working with the Invisible: Unlocking the Processes and Practices of Informal HousingSheela Patel and Keya Kunte Mumbai Slum Upgrades: Can You Apply Bottom-Up Thinking?Uday Athavankar Informal Formality: Learning from Squatter SettlementsMichael Sorkin Garage Conversions and Resilient Suburbs: Adapting Suburban EnvironmentsAron Chang Planning for Rural Settlements: Shunyi, China, as a Case Study Zhang Yue Beyond RegulationsAnne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal Density Introduction: Revisiting the Compact CityHarry Gugger and Gwendolyn Kerschbaumer The Sustainable Densities Proposition: Why Densification Is Not Always the AnswerShlomo Angel The Politics and Planning of Urban Compaction: The Case of the London Metropolitan RegionPhilipp Rode The Compact City: Sustainable, or Just Sustaining the Economy?Harry Gugger and Gwendolyn Kerschbaumer Sprawl: A Strategy? From Closed System Dynamics to Open Systems EcologiesPierre Bélanger Lessons Learned from Mumbai: Planning Challenges for the Compact City Rahul Mehrotra Sustainability as the Rigorous Use of Common SenseAlejandro Aravena Value Introduction: Putting a Price on SustainabilityHolger Wallbaum and Annika Feige The Green New Deal: Subordinating Finance to the Interests of Society and the EcosystemAnn Pettifor Built for the Moment: Designing for a Fast-Paced WorldLena Kleinheinz Handle with Care: How Useful Is the Research on Green Building Prices?Patrick McAllister Raising the Bottom Line: How Sustainability Affects Occupant Health and ProductivityGail S. Brager Balancing Sustainability, Quality, and Affordability: The CASA Rating for Affordable HousingVishnu Swaminathan and Martina Wengle Architecture Is Here to StayDavid Chipperfield Roundtable Discussion Household Management: The Economy of Sustainable ConstructionMarc Angélil, Nirmal Kishnani, Ashok B. Lall, Werner Sobek, and Rolf Soiron Case Studies Economical and Sustainable! Twenty-one examples, compiled and illustrated by the architecture practice Something Fantastic, of how economy and sustainability go hand in hand.Something Fantastic Appendix Biographies, Image Credits, Donor Acknowledgement