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Energy efficient building design

Yao, R. and Short, A. (2013) Energy efficient building design. In: Yao, R. (ed.) Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments. Springer, London, pp. 179-202. ISBN 9781447147817

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4471-4781-7_10


This chapter covers the basic concepts of passive building design and its relevant strategies, including passive solar heating, shading, natural ventilation, daylighting and thermal mass. In environments with high seasonal peak temperatures and/or humidity (e.g. cities in temperate regions experiencing the Urban Heat Island effect), wholly passive measures may need to be supplemented with low and zero carbon technologies (LZCs). The chapter also includes three case studies: one residential, one demonstrational and one academic facility (that includes an innovative passive downdraught cooling (PDC) strategy) to illustrate a selection of passive measures.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Energy and Environmental Engineering group
ID Code:28891

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