Solar Architecture in Cool Climates [NOOK Book]

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* "A must-read for practitioners, teachers and others interested in or working with energy use in the built environment, including a delightful set of examples" -- Anne Grete Hestnes, former President of the International Solar Energy Society
* Includes case studies from Europe and North America, dealing with new-build, retrofitting, and conceptual projects that outline future potential
* Written in a clear, accessible style, approaching the topic in a thematic manner, this ...
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Solar Architecture in Cool Climates

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Overview

* "A must-read for practitioners, teachers and others interested in or working with energy use in the built environment, including a delightful set of examples" -- Anne Grete Hestnes, former President of the International Solar Energy Society
* Includes case studies from Europe and North America, dealing with new-build, retrofitting, and conceptual projects that outline future potential
* Written in a clear, accessible style, approaching the topic in a thematic manner, this will be an invaluable primer for both building professionals and students

To implement new techniques in daily practice, architects require palatable information combined with convincing arguments. This book fulfills this requirement, providing inspiration, an understanding of key principles, and technical data on the design of solar buildings in northern latitudes (or the southern equivalent).
The authors examine how additional costs can be diluted through different strategies, the tensions between energy efficiency and environmental quality, and the proactive control of energy in building design. Promoting flexibility and opportunity to a diverse audience, including those who use, procure, and finance buildings, the book aims to bring the design of "green" buildings in cool climates from special interest status into the mainstream. The final chapter meshes technical aspects with the aspirations of users, to develop a more sustainable architectural program in which lay players (mainly clients) effectively sponsor responsible environmental innovation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136556999
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/27/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 10 MB

Table of Contents

Preface

North Sun Context: Latitudes Myths Challenged, Dynamic Complexity, Widening the Solar Agenda

Multiple and Added Solar Value: The Case for Integration, The Case for Isolation

Environmental Comfort and Well Being: Microclimatic Opportunities, Quality Versus Quantity Tensions

Adaptive Control: Owning the Means of Pro-Action, Conservatories Conserving, Socio-demography in Focus

Passive Control: Plan and Section, Thermal Mass Dilemmas, Optimising Heat and Light Balance Through Glazing

Machine Control: Diffusing, Shading and Opening, Harvesting Hot Air, Fuelling Competition

Green Solar Future: Conflicting Views on Global Warming and Environmental Sustainability, The Work of Two North American Practices, The Need for a Value System of Complexity

Index of People

Index of Projects and Keywords
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