Author(s): Mary Guzowski
This book explores the theories, practices and principles of new approaches to solar architecture that foster both design excellence and low-energy use. In response to the challenges of global warming and climate change, design and technology enable architects to achieve greater performance standards while at the same time developing an environmental aesthetic. The book showcases ten award-winning buildings to illustrate the aesthetic and technological design integration of solar response in contemporary zero-energy and low-energy architecture. For each project there is a detailed examination of the local climate, the design and construction, and the technology used to reduce energy use. "Towards Zero-energy Architecture" is a much-needed call for the design professions to redefine architecture to help solve ecological problems.
Mary Guzowski is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. She teaches and conducts research related to daylighting, solar architecture and ecological design and her publications include the book Daylighting for Sustainable Design. Recent research has focused on aesthetic and solar architecture and ecological innovations in carbon-neutral design.
Chapter 1: Fostering an ecological vision First LivingHome Model Home, Santa Monica, California, USA, Ray Kappe and LivingHomes Kingspan Lighthouse, London, UK, Sheppard Robson Chapter 2: Prioritizing passive design Solarsiedlung am Schlierberg, Freiburg, Germany, Rolf Disch Architects Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA, The Kubala Washatko Architects Chapter 3: Defining an ethic of enough Government Canyon Visitor Center, Helotes, Texas, USA, Lake|Flato Architects SOLTAG Energy Housing, Horsholm, Denmark and northern Europe, Nielsen and Rubow, Cenergia, Kuben Byfornyelse Danmark, and Velux Danmark Chapter 4: Using responsive envelopes Rozak House, Lake Bennett, Northern Territory, Australia, Troppo Architects Year 2015 Prototype Home - Made in Germany, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany Chapter 5: Expressing an ecological aesthetic Steinhude Sea Recreational Facility, Steinhude, Germany, Randall Stout Architects and Archimedes Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building (SIEEB), Tsingua University, Beijing, China, Mario Cucinella Architects