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.
Choose 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.
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.
Shading for Energy Savings
By reducing the need for air conditioning, this design technique goes a long way in saving money and energy.
Playing the Angles for Solar-Responsive Design
Solar geometry provides the tools for effective passive solar heating, shading and daylighting.
A good design will provide ample quality daylight, saving energy and money.
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?
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!
Norbert 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.