Professor, Building Systems Program, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department, The University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
The key conceptual design issues for planning the principal systems that influence energy efficiency are examined in detail. In addition, the following issues are addressed in turn:
Background issues for sustainability and the design process
Developing a strategic approach to energy-efficient design
How to undertake load assessments
System comparison and selection
Space planning for services
Post-occupancy evaluation of completed building services
In order to deliver sustainable buildings, a new perspective is needed amongst building and services engineering designers, from the outset of the conceptual design stage and throughout the whole design process. In this book, students and practitioners alike will find the ideal introduction to this new approach.
--Demonstrates the best practices and principles of designing and constructing buildings that are both environmentally responsible and architecturally expressive
--Incorporates an innovative and unique approach for introducing and organizing building systems into categories based on pairing systems interaction and their performance rather than the traditional typological organization based on building systems
--Presents the content as a catalogue of illustrated building systems, diagrams and details
--Utilizes easy-to-understand axonometrics, concise narrative and graphics to illustrate building systems integration
--Exposes the complex layers of the building components revealing the interworking of systems integration typically hidden in photographs
With a year or more of post-occupancy performance data and other project information, as well as lessons learned by project owners and developers, architects, engineers, energy modelers, constructors, and operators, each case study answers the questions:
What were the challenges to achieving net zero energy performance, and how were these challenges overcome? How would stakeholders address these issues on future projects?
Are the occupants satisfied with the building? Do they find it comfortable? Is it easy to operate?
How can other projects benefit from the lessons learned on each project?
What would the owners, designers, and constructors do differently knowing what they know now?
A final chapter aggregates processes to engage in and pitfalls to avoid when approaching the challenges peculiar to designing, constructing, and owning a net zero energy building.
By providing a wealth of comparable information, this book which will flatten the learning curve for designing, constructing, and owning this emerging building type and improve the effectiveness of architectural design and construction.
The book first provides a general overview of basic power systems commonly available in buildings. Then, detailed discussions of various components of typical building electrical distribution system are outlined through several chapters including transformers, protection devices, conductors and conduits, power and lighting panels, and motor control centers. The book includes several illustrations and numerous examples and analysis exercises are included, along with detailed design examples.