ICE Library-recommendations on State of the Nation and Net-Zero

Following our recent State of The Nation launch, this week’s Library recommendations include de-carbonisation options and policies designed to help civil engineers reach net-zero targets.

ICE Library recommendations on Net-Zero
ICE Library recommendations on Net-Zero

In this week’s update we recommend a number of titles that explore de-carbonisation options and policies to reach the Net Zero target in a variety of sectors, from water and waste, to transport and building construction.

Green Building

Net zero carbon buildings: a framework definition


The UK Green Building Council developed this framework together with an industry task group of businesses, trade associations and non-profit organisation which aims to provide guidance on the definition of net-zero carbon buildings (both homes and non-domestic) and a way to demonstrate how a building has achieved net zero carbon status, including reporting templates. It focuses on carbon impacts that can be readily measured and mitigated, suggestions on how to reduce energy usage and increase renewable energy supply, as well as offsetting options for remaining carbon.

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Sustainable design

Sustainable design basics: a methodology for the schematic design of sustainable buildings

E-book. KARLEN, M. JAFFE, S. B. FLEMING, R. ROBERTS, S. H. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2020

Aimed at students, this book is a good introduction to a holistic and integral view of sustainable design.

Comprehensive in scope, it presents basic technical information, sustainability strategies, and a practical, step-by-step approach for sustainable building projects, covering subjects such as passive design, green materials, net zero and energy modelling software, as well as practical exercises and scenarios.

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Net Zero

Net zero energy building: predicted and unpredicted consequences

E- Book. HU, M. London and New York: Routledge, 2019

This book presents a comprehensive overview of variations in net zero building practices. Looking at examples from countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, and China, the author examines diverse approaches to net zero and their intended and unintended consequences.

The book aims to go beyond the more common focus on operating energy: how to make buildings more efficient by reducing the energy consumed by climate control, lighting,and appliances, by analysing overall energy consumption and environmental impact across the entire life cycle of a building, ranging from the manufacture of building materials to transportation,renovation, and demolition.

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Sustainable urban

Integrated sustainable urban water, energy, and solids management: achieving triple net-zero adverse impact goals and resiliency of future communities

E-Book. NOVOTNY, V. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2020

This book demonstrates how waste and waste water can be useful resources. It presents an integrated and sustainable system of water and waste solids management that would save and protect water quality,recover energy and other resources from used water and waste solids including plastics, and minimise or eliminate the need for landfills.

It shows how to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses to net zero level through water conservation, recycling, and generating blue and green energy from waste by emerging emission free technologies while simultaneously installing solar power on houses and wind power in communities.

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Future of transport

The future of transport between digitalization and decarbonization: trends, strategies and effects on energy consumption


Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2020

Linking decarbonisation and digitalisation this open access book examines how the two trends work together in transforming the transport sector, with a particular focus on energy consumption and ways that smart technology, shared mobility and renewable fuel alternatives can enable more efficient and sustainable traffic management.

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