Solar Architecture: Strategies, Visions, Concepts

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Christian Schittich
Edition Detail, Jan 1, 2003 - Architecture - 176 pages
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Advanced new technologies and sophisticated planning systems for architecture which look beyond fossil fuels to the future. In the very near future energy-efficient building will cease to be the exception but will be the rule. Whether insulating glazing, multifunctional facades or organic solar cells, there have been important new developments in the areas of solar thermal technology, photo-voltaics, heating and ventilation technology which can make a significant contribution to the conservation of natural resources in sustainable building. They are suitable for a wide range of uses from largescale urban-planning projects, to individual single family houses. This publication contains carefully selected articles which cover such essential topics as passive and active systems, the development of new insulating materials, and concepts for entire residential estates. They take into consideration all areas of solar building, providing information on planning methods and techniques which will enable the user to assess and apply the individual measures correctly. The essays are complemented by a selection of examples which demonstrate the technical and creative possibilities in realized projects. Solar energy can be successfully used in all kinds of projects - single family housing, office buildings, industrial buildings, and residential concepts, and this volume presents innovative solutions with full plans and large scale details, revealing the significance of an integral planning process.

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The series editor, Christian Schittich (b. 1956), is a trained architect with many years of office experience; since 1998 he is editor-in-chief of the journal Detail and author and editor of numerous books and articles in the field.

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