Smart Cities: Foundations, Principles and Applications

Motivated by growing global needs to create more comfortable urban spaces as world urbanization continues to grow as the global population is expected to double by 2050, Smart Cities are emerging as a priority for research and development across the world. Smart cities open up significant opportunities in several areas, such as economic growth, health, wellness, energy efficiency, and transportation, to promote the sustainable development of cities. However, smart cities pose many research challenges spanning multiple disciplines. Fundamental research is needed to achieve effective integration of networked computing systems, physical devices, data sources, and infrastructure to have a major impact on quality of life within the city.

We are pleased to announce a peer-reviewed book on smart cities particularly to understand the foundations and principles spanning multiple disciplines for addressing the challenges posted by this emerging concept, and promote collaborations among engineers, social scientists, and educators, for the development of smart cities.



The laws of thermodynamics—and their implications for architecture—have not been fully integrated into architectural design. Architecture and building science too often remain constrained by linear concepts and methodologies regarding energy that occlude significant quantities and qualities of energy.

The Hierarchy of Energy in Architecture addresses this situation by providing a clear overview of what energy is and what architects can do with it. Building on the emergy method pioneered by systems ecologist Howard T. Odum, the authors situate the energy practices of architecture within the hierarchies of energy and the thermodynamics of the large, non-equilibrium, non-linear energy systems that drive buildings, cities, the planet and universe.

Part of the PocketArchitecture series, the book is divided into a fundamentals section, which introduces key topics and the emergy methodology, and an applications section, which features case studies applying emergy to various architectural systems. The book provides a concise but rigorous exposure to the system boundaries of the energy systems related to buildings and as such will appeal to professional architects and architecture students.



Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery 3rd Edition

The classic reference for high-performance green building delivery systems

No longer just a buzzword, sustainable construction is going mainstream—and soon will be the norm. Revised to reflect the latest developments of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and other tools, Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, Third Edition guides construction and design professionals through the process of developing commercial and institutional high-performance green buildings in today’s marketplace.

Charles Kibert provides an introduction to green building, covering the theory, history, and state of the industry as well as best practices in building procurement and delivery systems. From green building and Green Globes assessments to building hydrological systems and materials and product selection, this comprehensive text covers all of the factors involved with sustainable construction. In a clear and accessible writing style, Kibert addresses issues so that the reader can think critically and independently as part of the cutting edge in green building.

The Third Edition includes up-to-date coverage of:

The latest developments leading up to LEED version 4
Carbon neutral design and carbon accounting
Green Globes and international building assessment systems
The Living Building Challenge


Construction Ecology: Nature as a Basis for Green Buildings

Designers of the built environment have much to learn from nature and industrial ecology as they focus increasingly on green or sustainable construction. Natural systems are the ideal model for human systems but also for the built environment in which we live and function. The principles of design, energy, the flow of materials, and closed loop behaviour can be understood in this regard.


Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery

Focusing on green building as it applies to larger commercial, institutional buildings,Sustainable Construction provides a complete introduction to the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.  By providing a thorough grounding on the subject, this insightful guide encourages readers to realize the ecological and economic benefits of green building.

Sustainable Construction uses the latest U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard to explain the best practices in building procurement and delivery systems.  Providing a detailed overview of the entire process of green building, Sustainable Construction covers the theory, history, state of the industry, and best practices in green building, all of which are essential to test any of the myriad decisions that have to be made in designing and constructing a green building from materials selection to considering the use of natural systems for waste water processing.


Reshaping the Built Environment: Ecology, Ethics, and Economics

Because of the profound effects of the built environment on the availability of natural resources for future generations, those involved in designing, creating, operating, renovating, and demolishing human structures have a vital role to play in working to put society on a path toward sustainability.

This volume presents the thinking of leading academics and professionals in planning, civil engineering, economics, architecture, construction, and a host of other fields who are seeking to discover ways of creating a more sustainable built environment.


Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Construction