Passive Building Design: A Handbook of Natural Climatic Control

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Elsevier Science B.V., Jan 1, 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 336 pages
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Hardbound. The concepts, elements and design patterns of passive buildings are dealt with in this book. These patterns are a way to conserve energy in buildings or to provide more comfortable conditions inside the space through natural means. A systematic approach has been used in the presentation of the various concepts and elements of heating, cooling, combined heating and cooling, humidity control and daylighting. This has been achieved by describing the basic principles, their design aspects and performance, and illustrating with appropriate examples. The subject is covered in a compact yet comprehensive way. The information presented in the main text is supplemented by very useful appendices, which also include some case studies of passive buildings from all over the world.

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Preface and Acknowledgements
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About the author (1994)

Gernot Minke is Professor in the Department of Architecture and Director of the Building Research Institute at the University of Kassel. He also has a practice devoted to ecological planning and architecture, and has built earth buildings in Germany, Hungary, Guatemala, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and India.

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