A selection of resources, highlighting the impact of air conditioning, the response to its growing popularity and the many ways in which comfort and cooling are part of everyday life.
- Autodesk Sustainability Workshop: Free online resources to teach the principles and practice of sustainability and engineering in design.
- International Energy Agency: Statistics and reviews of energy usage in each country.
- Passive Cooling Overview: Comprehensive description of passive strategies used in cooling houses and reducing energy.
- Steering Committee on Greening, Landscape and Tree Management - Hong Kong: Online platform for Hong Kong's Government to promote greening of the city. Includes guidelines and resources on how to make urban centres more green, the best plants to use and the benefits that skyrise greening can create.
- Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015: Outlines Singapore's national plans to create a more liveable and sustainable Singapore.
- DEMAND: Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand: The DEMAND Centre investigates the end use of energy demand, recognising that energy is not used for its own sake but as part of achieving social practices at home, at work and in moving around.
- Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL): The CRCLCL focuses on collaborative innovation, bringing together property, planning, engineering and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers. CRCLCL develops new social, technological and policy tools for facilitating the development of low carbon products and services to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.
- Monash Sustainability Institute: Climate change and sustainability, and their intrinsic multiple crises, are some of the most challenging issues facing society today. Many of these issues however often end up in the “too hard” basket. Monash, through the Monash Sustainability Institute, is tackling these great challenges head on with a unique and distinctive interdisciplinary approach.
- Sustainable Buildings Research Centre - University of Wollongong: The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is a multi-disciplinary facility that brings together a wide range of researchers to holistically address the challenges of making our buildings sustainable and effective places in which to live and work.
- ASHRAE: Founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.
- Asia Green Buildings: AsiaGreenBuildings.com is the first industrial online platform strategically focusing on green buildings in Asia. The website allows for business professionals working on and planning to investigate green building markets in the continent to find all the relevant information regarding the topic.
- Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats: The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities. A not-for-profit organization, founded in 1969 and based at Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology, CTBUH has an Asia Headquarters at Tongji University, Shanghai, and a Research Office at Iuav University, Venice, Italy. The Council’s research department is spearheading the investigation of the next generation of tall buildings by aiding original research on sustainability and key development issues.
- Future Cities Laboratory: The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is a transdisciplinary research programme focused on sustainable urbanisation on different scales in a global perspective, laying the foundation for a new form of urban studies programme. FCL is co-initiated by the ETH departments of Architecture (DArch) and Civil Engineering (DBaug). It is the first research programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC). It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to future cities and environmental sustainability.
Green Building Council Australia: Launched in 2002, the GBCA is a national, not-for-profit organisation that is committed to developing a sustainable property industry for Australia by encouraging the adoption of green building practices. It is uniquely supported by both industry and governments across the country. Its key objectives are to drive the transition of the Australian property industry towards sustainability by promoting green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations as well as the integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction and operation of buildings.
Singapore Environment Institute: Singapore Environment Institute (SEI) is the training and knowledge division of the National Environment Agency (NEA). Within NEA, SEI distils and documents the knowledge residing with experienced staff, as well as knowledge from other relevant sources, for transfer to the next generation of officers via its training programmes. The Institute also develops and up-skills the local industry’s manpower capabilities, thereby adding value to Singapore’s environmental arena. SEI’s public lectures feature renowned environmental speakers who catalyse thought leadership and foster communities of best practices. SEI’s collaborations with, and strong support from industry, academic and government organisations, are instrumental to its goal of ‘Advancing Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability’.
Sustainable Built Environment - National Research Centre (Australia): The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) is the successor to the CRC for Construction Innovation. Established on 1 January 2010, the SBEnrc is a key research broker between industry, government and research organisations servicing the built environment industry. The three research streams focus on environmental, social and economic sustainability, areas identified by national industry stakeholders as the key areas that will drive productivity and industry development in the built environment industry.
- Ackermann, M.E. 2002, Cool Comfort: America's Romance with Air-Conditioning. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press.
- Bay, JH. & Ong, B.L. 2006, Tropical Sustainable Architecture: Social and environmental dimensions. Oxford: Architectural Press.
- Brager, G. & de Dear, R. 2007, 'Historical Cultural Influences on Comfort Expectations'. In Cole, R. & Lorch, R. (eds.), Buildings, Culture and Environment. Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 177-201.
- Cooper, G. 1998, Air-Conditioning America: Engineers and the controlled environment, 1900-1960. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.
- Cox, S. 2010, Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable truths about our air-conditioned world. New York: The New Press.
- Fry, M. & Drew, J. 1964, Tropical Architecture in the Dry and Humid Zones. London: Batsford.
- Emmanuel, R. 2005, An Urban Approach to Climate- Sensitive Design: Strategies for the tropics. New York: Spon Press.
- Lim, W. & Beng, T.H. 1998, Contemporary Vernacular: evoking traditions in Asian Architecture. Singapore: Select Books.
- McGillick, P. 2013, The Sustainable Asian House. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing.
- Pomeroy, J. 2014, The Skycourt and Skygarden: Greening the urban habitat. Oxford: Routledge.
- Robson, D. 2007, Beyond Bawa. London: Thames & Hudson.
- Sahakian, M. 2014, Keeping Cool in Southeast Asia: Energy use and urban air conditioning. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Strengers, Y. 2013, Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life: Smart utopia? Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Yeang, K. 2006, Ecodesign: A manual for ecological design. London: Wiley-Academy.