This far-reaching and authoritative two-volume set examines a range of potential solutions for low-energy building design, considering different strategies (energy conservation and renewable energy) and technologies (relating to the building envelope, ventilation, heat delivery, heat production, heat storage, electricity and control). Energy and life-cycle impacts are considered as crucial factors, including passive and active solar use, daylighting and high efficiency conventional heat production. Each volume assesses the potential of these options in a variety of contexts, covering different housing types (apartment, row and detached) in cold, temperate and mild climates. The impressive list of expert authors from 14 countries includes a mix of internationally respected academics and practitioners, working together within the framework of a five-year International Energy Agency (IEA) research project.
Volume 1 presents strategies and solutions, offering the reader a solid platform for assessing strategies environmentally and economically, and implementing the most appropriate course of action in a variety of contexts. This will appeal to energy consultants, engineers, specialized architects, engineering and architecture students and housing specialists.
Volume 2 offers a detailed analysis of exemplary buildings in different European countries and examines in-depth the various technological options available. Aided by clear illustrations, this book offers invaluable insights into the application of those technologies. This will appeal to architects in particular, alongside architecture and engineering students, engineers and other professionals who are interested in sustainable architecture.
A very well written and timely book.' Get Sust! 'Sustainable Solar Housing (Volume 1) is a very well written and timely book, with sufficient validated results to avoid being dismissed as 'just another book on sustainable housing'...The book benefits from an impressive list of very knowledgeable contributors with a good European balance. Readers will be comforted by their reputations...[and] devising solutions based on climate is an excellent idea - especially in light of the consequences of global warming on more southerly latitudes and the possibility of cooler climates in Northern Europe if, (nay, when) the gulf stream shuts down.' Get Sust!, Issue 26, Feb 2007
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