Solar Energy Houses - New Edition
Edited by Anne-Grete Hestnes, S. Robert Hastings, Bjarne Saxhof
James and James
Softcover 208pp ISBN 9781849710572
Passive and active solar strategies together with the adoption of energy conservation
measures and the integration of new materials and technologies can lead to dramatic reduction
of 75-90% in the energy consumption in domestic buildings.
The objective of Task 13 of the IEA's Solar Heating and Cooling Programme was to
advance solar building technologies and demonstrate this potential by designing and then
constructing buildings that met very low energy consumption targets while maintaining a
good indoor climate.
This new, revised second edition of Solar Energy Houses presents the findings of the
Task 13 experts and now includes the results of the monitoring programme, conducted to
determine the effectiveness of the techniques and strategies adopted.
Initially, Task 13 members from 15 participating countries in three continents pooled
ideas to evolve design strategies. Innovative materials, systems, components and technologies
were also considered and used where cost-effective: these included advanced glazings,
transparent insulation, thermal storage materials, integrated mechanical systems, intelligent
control systems, solar water collectors and photovoltaic systems. The design strategies were
then implemented in fifteen experimental houses, built in very different climates. The book
demonstrates clearly the practical application of the strategies and technologies and points
out their strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the buildings were monitored over time to
evaluate the energy performance of the building components and the buildings themselves,
together with thermal comfort and user issues. This new edition also provides a detailed
analysis of this programme in terms of how far the expectations of the Task experts were
met and highlights the specific successes and lessons learned from the project
The book will be extremely valuable to all architects and planners working either to
design domestic buildings with lower energy usage, or simply to see a wider application
of the strategies and technologies now available to achieve this.
Professor Anne-Grete Hestnes, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
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S. Robert Hastings of Architecture, Energy & Environment GmbH, Switzerland
Bjarne Saxhof, Department of Buildings and Energy, DTU, Lyngby, Denmark.
: construction, sustainable
: renewable energy
: solar air systems
: solar energy