Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects

John Wiley & Sons Inc
Norbert Lechner
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Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects 4th Edition is the latest version of the industry standard text on environmental control systems with the emphasis on sustainable design. By detailing the many factors that contribute to the comfort in a building, this book helps architects minimize mechanical systems and energy usage over the life of the building by siting, building design and landscaping to maximize natural heating, cooling and lighting. This edition includes new information on integrated design strategies and designing for the Tropics. Resources include helpful case studies, checklists, diagrams, and a companion website featuring additional cases, an image bank and instructor materials. The book provides detailed guidance for each phase of a design project. Readers will:

  • Understand the concept of sustainability as applied to energy sources
  • Review the basic principles of thermal comfort, and the critical role of climate
  • Learn the fundamentals of solar responsive design, including active and passive solar systems as well as photovoltaics
  • Discover how siting, architectural design, and landscaping can reduce the requirements for mechanical and electrical systems.