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Faculty Members Thün and Velikov Contribute to Definitive New Book Investigating the Territory of High Performance Homes

Associate Professor Geoffrey Thün and Assistant Professor Kathy Velikov have recently authored two chapters in Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes: Building Envelopes, Renewable Energy and Integrated Practice, edited by Franca Trubiano and published by Routledge.

Borrowing a set of terms from the discipline of biology now commonplace in architectural design, "Responsive Building Envelopes: Characteristics and Evolving Paradigms" articulates a conceptual paradigm and working vocabulary for the development of high-performance building skins that are smart, intelligent, interactive and responsive. "North House: Climate Responsive Envelope and Control Systems" presents one of the volume's residential case study projects, explicating high performance objectives, environmentally responsive envelope design, hybrid passive and active energy systems and interactive systems to manage the home's energy profile.

Reviews of Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes

"From design and analysis, to project construction and delivery, to new materials and techniques, the book carefully collects top authors, content, and case studies to help explicate what the editor describes as "energy-free architectural design". As well illustrated as it is written, this book convincingly merges the range of historical, technical, theoretical, and architectural obligations that presuppose our understanding of higher-performance buildings."

Kiel Moe, Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA

"This book insightfully spans some difficult gaps that have hindered our ecological aspirations in residential design: between the warm sense of home and the cold hard benchmarks of performance; from aesthetic to ethical considerations, between the hardware and the integrated systems; between available technology and material construction; and between simulation models and real-world cases"

Leonard Bachman, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, USA

To order a copy of the book, click here.

Nov 28, 2012

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