Sustainable Engineering for Life Tomorrow examines the future of sustainable engineering and architecture. The contributors' analyses of sustainable solutions, such as wind and solar power, offer valuable insights for future policy-making, scholarship, and the management of energy-intensive facilities.
Jacqueline A. Stagner is undergraduate programs coordinator of engineering at the University of Windsor.
David S-K. Ting is professor and founder of the Turbulence & Energy Laboratory at University of Windsor.
Chapter 1: Retrofitting Aging Infrastructure: The Case of Chicago Riverwalk
Chapter 2: Sustaining Old Infrastructures with Advanced Window Retrofitting Technologies
Chapter 3: A Critical Review of Urban Energy Solutions and Practices
Chapter 4: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability through Wind Power for Green Hospitals
Chapter 5: Supercapacitor for Sustainable Energy Storage
Chapter 6: Introduction to Photovoltaic Energy Generation
Chapter 7: Functional-form Sufficiency Achieved by Biased Random Walk Behavioral Model in Architectural Bioactive Design
Chapter 8: Circularity in Kitchen Design and Production Business: A Sustainable and Disruptive Model
Chapter 9: Should Canada Pursue or Support Offshore Wind Development?
Chapter 10: Analyzing the Renewable Energy Sources of Nordic and Baltic Countries with MCDM Approach
Specialists from 10 different disciplines and at least seven countries have contributed chapters to this edited collection, providing a variety of international insights into sustainable solutions ranging from energy generation and storage to improving buildings and developing smarter cities. Some past sustainability proposals are questioned, and many are analyzed in terms of whole system thinking, with the Nordic countries providing the best examples of efficiency according to specific measures. Photovoltaics, bioenergy, and offshore wind farms can generate electricity, and new supercapacitor storage (chapter 5) will soon become a replacement for battery storage. Window retrofitting (chapter 2) is a primary concern worldwide to help make buildings energy efficient. Chapter 10, contributed by a team from Denmark, argues for the leasing of kitchen appliances and other heavy equipment instead of ownership, so as to begin to create a "circular economy" emphasizing more efficient usage of resources. As organized by Stagner and Ting, the chapters have been written for engineers and policy makers who want to understand what changes toward sustainability are currently in progress worldwide. A very detailed index, along with numerous journal references and links to additional online data tables, images, and graphs, complete the volume. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.
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