High-Performance Building

High-Performance Building

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What really makes a high-performance, energy-efficient building? qSustainable design is about developing buildings and urban spaces that are tuned to their context. . . . Any building that carries claims to be recognized as 'great architecture' should also qualify as a high-performance building.q a€”From High-Performance Building How do we judge the success of a sustainable building? We shouldn't just reward good intentions based on the building design, argues Vidar Lerum in High- Performance Building; we must look at the evidence of the actual performance of architectural objects qas built.q High-Performance Building gives architects a practical guide to excellent, sustainable design, showing how to analyze and evaluate the buildings qas built.q Taking a hands-on view of sustainability, the author provides designers with specific benchmarks for high performance and energy efficiency. Utilizing the latest methods for analysis of climate responsive design, he asks: Where does a building that claims to be qgreenq or qsustainableq check in on a scale relative to benchmark buildings of the same type? How does the building contribute to a sustainable development in its demand for energy and natural materials? Does the building provide a high level of thermal comfort to its users? To illustrate, Lerum takes the reader on an on-site tour of seven buildings around the world that exemplify these standards. Ranging from the west coast of Greenland to the Sonoran Desert, the buildings are examined as physical, built objects. For additional perspectives, the author interviews the architects and speaks with engineers, owners, and users. At the sites, something unexpected often shows up. The author's work reveals unknown or hidden features, characteristics, or details. By understanding what works and what does not in notable buildings around the world, High-Performance Building enables architects to discover the challenges and opportunities in their own designs, whether simple residences or large commercial structures.There were many people in the early stages of this project that were trying to prohibit the use of occupant-controlled windows. ... Ita#39;s just a typical automobile, which is a very discrete object that cost a discrete amount of money as compared to millions and ... And that car comes with a manuala€”it comes with many pages of documentation that tells you how to optimize the ... The whole notion of thermal mass in buildings is something that is timeless, and it is as old as architecture itself.

Title:High-Performance Building
Author: Vidar Lerum
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2008

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