1/16,000 of the sun’s radiant energy can cover the entire world population’s current energy consumption. Therefore, solar energy opens a major highway on the path toward a CO2-free society and an inexhaustible energy source, that is if we learn to utilize it.
The book describes the rapid development that solar panel systems have undergone in recent years, and it demonstrates that the systems, with very satisfactory architectural results, can be incorporated in both new buildings as well as existing and at all scales from the single-family home to the complicated systems.
Furthermore, there are possibilities for intelligent or phase change materials that can alter states, serve as heat storage and create an entirely new architecture. This implies previously unseen opportunities and challenges for architects.
The book systematically reviews basic designs for passive and active solar projects and also offers guidelines for energy-correct architecture with examples ranging from projects by offices such as Lord Norman Foster and Herzog & Demeuron to quite ordinary houses of high quality.
Many of the systems can already compete with fossil energy solutions and with the rising energy prices and increasing demands on sustainability, they become more and more attractive.
The book is a must for anyone who is involved in the planning of climate-correct architecture.