Environmental studies cover a wide range of topics and issues that involve worldwide research, government policies, academic courses and many related publications. This single chapter has to be modest and focus on linking the subject matter of this particular book about built environment topics to some of the wider topics of the total environment. The creation and improvement of buildings, townships and civil engineering projects such as transport systems do have long-lasting effects on the wider environment, in addition to their potential to improve our lives. This chapter suggests how the correct design and use of buildings can help them exist in harmony with our wider environment. This chapter also complements the introduction to the environment given in the first chapter of the book about the built environment. The Resource sections contain supporting information that can be used for revision of principles and extended investigation of topics. A fundamental reason for the existence of a building is to provide shelter from the effects of climate, such as the cold and the heat, the wind and the rain. The climate for a building is the set of environmental conditions which surround it and link to the inside of the building by means of heat transfer.
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