Architecture and Clean, Sustainable Energy

Buildings consumed in the past about one third of conventional energy supplies for heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, hot water, venting, pumping, lifts, escalators, cooking, lighting, audiovisual equipment, IT, PCs and other appliances. It is a proven fact that many buildings can be operated without external fuel or electricity supplies or even supply energy to other outside energy users and for the mobility needs of their inhabitants and visitors. These are the so-called zero-energy or energy-plus buildings.

Architects can design zero-energy or energy-plus buildings by respecting following factors and applying the respective principles and technologies such as:

Depending on the climate and requirements of the building users these concepts shall be applied as appropriate for new buildings and at renovations of existing buildings.

If all building facades and roofs in the world are used for energy production and conservation, and the embedded energy in waste would be consistently recovered, most energy needs can be satisfied without external, finite energy resources using polluting, noisy energy systems.

Laws, such as the Barcelona pioneering legislation on solar energy harvesting on buildings, enhance intelligent architecture - see also web page on Barcelona Case and the Barcelona Solar law. Energy must become a mandatory discipline in all schools of architecture. Building construction and renovation permits and materials must be guided by these principles of architecture, supported by suitable legislation and endorsements.

See also the web-link to P.L.E.A. the PASSIVE AND LOW ENERGY ARCHITECTURE INTERNATIONAL promoting sustainable architecture.

See later examples of Passive and Low Energy Architecture which will be elaborated by the ISEO group of building experts and be put on this website as soon as possible.

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The ISEO working groups will add more information.