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  • 101 Rules of Thumb for Low Energy Architecture

  • RIBA Publishing
  • January 2013
  • 978-1-859464-816
  • Paperback
  • 224
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101 Rules of Thumb sets out the essential elements of low energy architecture in a fresh, intuitive way.

In an area where ever-changing technology and complex legislation and can cloud the designer’s thought-processes, this book encourages the designer to think clearly and intuitively about the fundamentals of low energy buildings.

With reliable, simple rules of thumb that will provide new ideas and refresh the designer’s palette, each page focuses on a single piece of advice or guidance along with a clear hand-drawn illustration, while there are also plenty of tips and more detailed information for those who wish to dig deeper. The emphasis is on passive low-energy principles, and the rules of thumb cover all the design fundamentals from site and location to orientation and form, peppered with some which will help the designer to think ‘outside the box’ about the design process itself.

Applicable throughout the world in any climate region, 101 Rules of Thumb is a global primer intended to be dipped into at any time as a quick means of re-focusing on what’s important when designing a new or retro-fitted low energy building.

Contents list

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1. Working with site and location
- Sun and shade
- Climate and micro-climate
- Shelter from wind and rain
Chapter 2. Manipulating orientation
- The relationship between sun and wind
- The impact of building form
Chapter3. The low energy building envelope
- Heavy and lightweight construction
- The timing of heating needs
- Reducing heat loss
Chapter 4. Energy and the internal environment
- Free heating: direct, isolated and indirect solar gain
- Free cooling: using earth, wind and water
- Hybrid heating and cooling
- Free lighting: daylight
- Colour
Chapter 5. Rules and strategies for different climate regions
- Hot-dry climate
- Hot-humid climate
- Cold climate
- Cold-winter/hot-summer climate
- Temperate climate
101 Rules of Thumb sets out the essential elements of low energy architecture in a fresh, intuitive way. In an area where ever-changing technology and complex legislation and can cloud the designer’s thought-processes, this book encourages the designer to think clearly and intuitively about the fundamentals of low energy buildings. With reliable, simple rules of thumb that will provide new ideas and refresh the designer’s ...
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