Providing a qualitative, visual approach to heating, cooling, and lighting techniques, this book reflects and supports the decision- making process of architects involved in developing schematic designs. Based on a three-tier approach<-->load avoidance, optimum use of natural energies, and the selection of appropriate mechanical equipment<-->the book seeks to aid designers in providing all of a building's thermal and lighting needs while minimizing energy consumption and maximizing sustainability. It provides information on thermal comfort, mechanical heating and cooling systems, climate, passive heating and cooling, shading, site planning, daylight and artificial lighting, and conservation. Sun path diagrams, sizing tables, case studies, and approximately 1,000 photographs are included. Lechner teaches architecture at Auburn University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Norbert Lechner is Professor Emeritus in the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction at Auburn University and was a registered architect in the state of Alabama. His articles have appeared in Architectural Lighting and Solar Today. In addition to writing, he has lectured and held workshops in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.