280 pages | 262 Color Illus. | 28 B/W Illus.
Overheating in buildings is commonplace. This book describes how we can keep cool without conventional air-conditioning: improving comfort and productivity while reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. It provides architects, engineers and policy makers with a ‘how-to’ guide to the application of natural cooling in new and existing buildings. It demonstrates, through reference to numerous examples, that natural cooling is viable in most climates around the world.
This completely revised second edition includes:
This book is not just for the technical specialist, as it also provides a general grounding in environmental design. Importantly, it demonstrates that understanding our environment, rather than fighting it, will help us to live sustainably in our rapidly warming world.
"Natural cooling is one of the most important aspects to tackle while designing, and surely one of the trickiest to master. Through a well-calibrated collection of theoretical principles and practical recommendations, all supported by a set of thoroughly analysed and presented case studies, this volume provides a reference book for the many professionals who, in response to global trends, are just approaching the matter, as well as for those in search for a deeper understanding of natural cooling principles and their possible practical applications." - Mario Cucinella, Architect, Hon FAIA, Int. Fellow RIBA (Founder MCA Bologna and New York)
"This book brings together a uniquely comprehensive body of history, architectural science and contemporary practice that will stand as a primary source in the foreseeable future. The understanding of the specificity of climate lies at the heart of the book, with climates as diverse as those of Europe, China and the USA, and the immense variations within these territories, serving as one of the foundations for natural cooling design. At the other pole of environmental design, human comfort is an essential parameter. Between these poles the book presents a systematic and comprehensive methodology for design that embraces precedent, science and technology. All this is reinforced by the six detailed Case Studies, gathered from around the globe, that illustrate the process by which theory becomes form, the final and most persuasive test." - Dean Hawkes Emeritus Professor, Welsh School of Architecture & Darwin College, Cambridge
Foreword by Dean Hawkes. 1. Origins and Opportunities. 2. Principles ans Strategies. 3. Climate Applicability Mapping. 4. Integrated Design. 5. Testing the Strategy. 6. Performance Analysis. 7. Component Design. Case Study 1: Torrent Research Centre, India. Case Study 2: Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, China. Case Study 3: Federal Courthouse, USA. Case Study 4: Stock Exchange, Malta. Case Study 5: Zion Nathional Park Visitor Centre, USA. Case Study 6: Global Ecology Research Centre, USA Index