sustainable and resilient building design

approaches, methods and tools


Saja Kosanović (ed), Faculty of Technical Sciences, University in Kosovska Mitrovica; Tillmann Klein (ed), Delft Univeristy of Technology; Thaleia Konstantinou (ed), Delft University of Technology; Ana Radivojević (ed), University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture; Linda Hildebrand (ed), RWTH Aachen, Faculty of Architecture


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The challenges to which contemporary building design needs to respond grow steadily. They originate from the influence of changing environmental conditions on buildings, as well as from the need to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment. The increasing complexity requires the continual revision of design principles and their harmonisation with current scientific findings, technological development, and environmental, social, and economic factors. It is precisely these issues that form the backbone of the thematic book, Sustainable and Resilient Building Design: Approaches, Methods, and Tools.

The purpose of this book is to present ongoing research from the universities involved in the project Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments (KLABS). The book starts with the exploration of the origin, development, and the state-of-the-art notions of environmental design and resource efficiency. Subsequently, climate change complexity and dynamics are studied, and the design strategy for climate-proof buildings is articulated. The investigation into the resilience of buildings is further deepened by examining a case study of fire protection. The book then investigates interrelations between sustainable and resilient building design, compares their key postulates and objectives, and searches for the possibilities of their integration into an outreaching approach. The fifth article in the book deals with potentials and constraints in relation to the assessment of the sustainability (and resilience) of buildings. It critically analyses different existing building certification models, their development paths, systems, and processes, and compares them with the general objectives of building ratings. The subsequent paper outlines the basis and the meaning of the risk and its management system, and provides an overview of different visual, auxiliary, and statistical risk assessment methods and tools.

Following the studies of the meanings of sustainable and resilient buildings, the book focuses on the aspects of building components and materials. Here, the life cycle assessment (LCA) method for quantifying the environmental impact of building products is introduced and analysed in detail, followed by a comprehensive comparative overview of the LCA-based software and databases that enable both individual assessment and the comparison of different design alternatives. The impact of climate and pollution on the resilience of building materials is analysed using the examples of stone, wood, concrete, and ceramic materials. Accordingly, the contribution of traditional and alternative building materials to the reduction of negative environmental impact is discussed and depicted through different examples.

The book subsequently addresses existing building stock, in which environmental, social, and economic benefits of building refurbishment are outlined by different case studies. Further on, a method for the upgrade of existing buildings, described as ‘integrated rehabilitation’, is deliberated and supported by best practice examples of exoskeleton architectural prosthesis. The final paper reflects on the principles of regenerative design, reveals the significance of biological entities, and recognises the need to assign to buildings and their elements a more advanced role towards natural systems in human environments.


  • Origin and Development of Environmental Design
    Saja Kosanović, Tillmann Klein, Thaleia Konstantinou, Linda Hildebrand, Ulrich Knaack
  • Approach to Design for Resilience to Climate Change
    Saja Kosanović, Branislav Folić, Ana Radivojević
  • Understanding Fire and Protecting the Buildings
    Marijola Božović, Milan Mišić
  • Sustainability and Resilience
    (In)Consistencies in Two Design Realms
    Saja Kosanović, Branislav Folić, Alenka Fikfak
  • Building Certification Systems and Processes
    Saja Kosanović, Linda Hildebrand, Maike Klein, Tanja Osterhage, Dirk Müller
  • Risk Management and Risk Assessment Methods
    Aleksandra Kokić Arsić, Milan Mišić
  • Methodology for Assessing Environmental Quality of Materials and Construction
    Linda Hildebrand, Alexander Hollberg
  • A Comparative Overview of Tools for Environmental Assessment of Materials, Components and Buildings
    Linda Hildebrand, Rebecca Bach
  • Impact of Climate and Pollution on Resilience of Some Conventional Building Materials
    Merima Šahinagić – Isović, Marko Ćećez, Rada Radulović
  • Natural and Regionally Available Materials for a Sustainable Future
    Reviving Tradition in Contemporary Construction
    Maja Popovac, Manja Kitek Kuzman, Ljubomir Miščević
  • Sustainable Refurbishment for an Adaptable Built Environment
    Thaleia Konstantinou, Branka Dimitrijević
  • Adaptive Socio-Technical Devices
    Social Inclusion as a Rehabilitation Tool
    Francesca Guidolin
  • Biological Entities and Regeneration by Design
    Saja Kosanović, Marija Stamenković, Carmelo Zappulla


adaptation, climate change, component, energy, fire, life cycle, material, pollution, refurbishment, resilience, risk, site, sustainability, water, wood


1 September 2018


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