466 pages | 490 Color Illus.
The energy used to operate buildings is one of the most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. While it is possible to reduce emissions through climate-responsive design, many architects are not trained to do this. Filling an urgent need for a design reference in this emerging field, this book describes how to reduce building-related greenhouse gas emissions through appropriate design techniques. It presents strategies to achieve CO2 reductions, with an emphasis on control of energy flows through the building envelope and passive heating and cooling strategies. This new, revised edition is updated throughout, and includes a new chapter on building simulations.
"This really is a must have book for architects and architectural students alike. La Roche builds on the sound and practical knowledge foundations of his mentors, scholars like Baruch Givoni and Murray Milne, to create a classic reference book for forward-facing, climate-savvy designers. It is a rich book full of answers and intelligence, and will no doubt become a good friend to many good designers. What sets it aside from other books in this field for me is firstly: the ecosystem level thinking it promotes, connecting the design of, and life within, buildings to the ecosystems around them and secondly: the international focus of the case studies, enabled by the author’s own experiences of growing up in Latin America, in a very different climate and society. These lend the text extra and invaluable dimensions."
—Susan Roaf, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
"Pablo LaRoche has spent his career as an architect, academic, and educator understanding and defining the pathway towards Carbon-Neutral Architecture. In this generation of transition, architects, educators, students, environmentalists, and those interested in a clean energy tomorrow need a field manual – or better said a battle guide – to help them understand the steps needed to achieve high performance, Zero-Net-Energy, and ultimately Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design. LaRoche has provided just such a manual. Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design belongs on the bookshelf of today’s practitioners and tomorrow’s."
—Timothy Kohut,Woodbury University, Burbank, California, USA
"LaRoche’s book, Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design, Second Edition, is especially significant at this moment in time because it accurately depicts the impact of buildings on the planet, without hyperbole, but with concrete and careful background and the necessary physics to deal with it. There are no claims that all the ice melts. There is the knowledge of what will happen, the recognition of whom that will hurt most and the guidance on how to reduce and prepare for that damage. I recommend it highly."
—Marc Schiler, University of Southern California, USA
"Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design, Second Edition addresses the most important factor in acting on climate change: cutting energy demand by bioclimatic passive design. Where most books on energy performance focus on mechanical system design, this book proposes a thorough exploration of the what, why and how to design great performing passive systems starting with the most common of all features of a building: its skin."
—André Potvin, Université Laval, Quebec City, Québec, Canada
"Here is a comprehensive coverage of the various issues, tools and techniques, involved in designing energy efficient buildings, with the goal of minimizing the production of carbon dioxide. Some of this carbon dioxide is produced on-site by the combustion of hydrocarbon fuels, and some is produced off-site at power plants burning coal or natural gas to generate electricity. This book graphically illustrates how the building’s envelope can be designed to use the resources of the local climate to create comfortable spaces while minimizing the production of this potent greenhouse gas."
—Murray Milne, University of California Los Angeles, USA
"As we move towards necessary phase-out of greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment by 2050, architects must be equipped with the concepts and skills to design high performing, climate responsive, and carbon-neutral buildings. This book is an indispensable guide for preparing today’s professionals and the next generation of architects for the future of global design practice."
—Edward Mazria, Architecture 2030, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
"This book demystifies the process of designing toward carbon neutrality while affording the reader the tools necessary to make the right decisions for the benefit of future generations to come."
— Lance Josal, CallisonRTKL, Dallas, Texas, USA
Chapter 1 Buildings and Climate Change
Chapter 2 Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design
Chapter 3 Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design in Academia
Chapter 4 Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design in Practice
Chapter 5 Thermal Comfort
Chapter 6 Climate and Architecture
Chapter 7 Solar Geometry
Chapter 8 Heat Exchange through the Building Envelope
Chapter 9 Passive Cooling Systems
Chapter 10 Passive Heating
Chapter 11 Building Simulations and the Design of Low Carbon Buildings