Solar-Responsive Design Series

Find articles below from Norbert M. Lechner’s solar-responsive design series, introduced in the November/December 2011 issue of SOLAR TODAY. Then, take Lechner’s quiz (“Think You Know Solar-Responsive Design?”, September 2012) to see how much you’ve learned. Click on the article title to download a PDF.

Low-hanging-fruit-treeChoose the Low-Hanging Fruit
PV may be the sexy strategy, but solar-responsive design is cheaper and, by reducing a building’s energy consumption, more sustainable.
November/December 2011

For Aggressive Efficiency, Choose Passive Solar
Every south-facing window is a basic passive solar space-heating system. The challenge is minimizing heat loss while maximizing solar energy collected throughout the day.
January/February 2012

Shading for Energy Savings
By reducing the need for air conditioning, this design technique goes a long way in saving money and energy.
March/April 2012

Playing the Angles for Solar-Responsive Design
Solar geometry provides the tools for effective passive solar heating, shading and daylighting.
May 2012

Daylighting Illuminated
A good design will provide ample quality daylight, saving energy and money.
June 2012

White is the Greenest Color
Selecting light-colored roofs and walls is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money. So why don’t we see more white roofs?
July/August 2012

Think You Know Solar-Responsive Design?
Take the quiz to see how much you’ve learned. Access the September 2012 issue by logging in to your member/subscriber account here, or look for your print copy in the mail. Not a subscriber? Sign up today!

LechnerNorbert M. Lechner is an architect, professor emeritus in the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction at Auburn University, LEED-accredited professional and ASES Fellow. He is an expert in energy-responsive architectural design with an emphasis on solar-responsive design. Lechner’s book, Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, is used by more than a third of all architecture schools in the United States and in architecture schools worldwide. The book is also very popular with professionals. He is a sought-after speaker, giving keynote lectures and workshops at universities and conferences around the world.

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