|About the book|
The book envisages to re-create if process by which buildings and entire communities can be designed to respond to nature with climate as the basic parameter of design.
With the imminent threat of exhausting our energy resources, more and more people have turned to non-conventional, eco-friendly energy sources. The architect community is not far behind in this endeavour. “Climate Responsive Architecture” has become a prime issue for architects. Since most of the literature in this area is physics oriented, it is somewhat difficult for architects to apply these principles to practice. The book has been written with a view to make data, such as climatic zones, temperature zones, and other climatic parameters more comprehensible. The book is the outcome of a long drawn research in the area of CRA and boasts of international names such as Dr Nick Baker, Prof Szokolay, Prof Simos Yannas and Dr Jeffrey Cook among others.
Part one discusses the design tools, methodology, latest developments in energy efficient architecture, lighting systems and materials, and is suitably aided by a no of insertions and photographs.
Part two contains climatic and environmental data for places like Leh, Shimla, Guwahati, Bangalore, Calcutta, Jaisalmer, etc. encompassing all the temperature zones of the country. These parameters are:
|About the author|
Arvind Krishnan is the Dean of Studies, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He is a practicing architect, planner and structural engineer with his professional office: Center for Archite-ctural Systems Alternatives (CASA).With a career spanning 32 years of professional experience in India, USA, Europe, Middle East and China, he has executed projects of diverse magnitude and nature independently and in collaboration with international agencies. He was the international consultant and advisor for the Word Bank project in China. Dr Krishan’s research in the field of climate responsive architecture is recognised and acclaimed in international fora.
He received his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology and masters in Architecture from the University of Washington.
A physicist by training, Nick Baker’s interest in energy conservation stems from a broader concern for environmental issues. He has published widely on energy and the built environment, and is involved with a number of European Research programmes including topics on thermal comfort, daylighting and energy modeling. He is the originator of the LT Method, an energy design tool for non-domestic buildings, which is currently being developed to cover a wider range of climates. He is Joint Director of the Martin Centre, a part time lecturer in the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, a fellow of St Edmunds College, and a director of Cambridge architectural Research Ltd.
Simos Yannas was born in Istanbul and trained and practiced as an architect in Athens, moving to London in 1973 to pursue a lifelong interest in environmental design research. He is the director of the Environment and Energy Studies Programme at the Architectural Association Graduate School, and the permanent secretary of PLEA International. He is the author of several books and manuals on architecture and environment, and has lectured on these topics in many countries.
Steve Szokolay is an architect, who practiced in Sydney, taught I Liverpool, London, Nairobi and Queensland. Here he directed the Architectural Science Unit and was later the Head of Department of Architecture. Since his retirement (end of 92), he runs a consultancy practice in energy conscious/climate/solar design. He is also a consultant to various UN agencies. He built the first solar house heating system in England (at Milton Keynes) and a solar air conditioned house in Brisbane. He is the author of a dozen books and more than 150 research papers. He is recipient of the 1989 PLEA International award.
|Table of contents|
List of Abbreviations
Part I: Principles and Elements of Design
Chapter 1. Global Context
Chapter 2. Shelter or Form
Chapter 3. Climate and Thermal Comfort in India
Chapter 4. Passive Heating and Cooling Design Strategies
Chapter 5. Settlement Patterns and Site Planning
Chapter 6. The Building Envelope
Chapter 7. Openings and Daylighting
Chapter 8. Natural Ventilation of Buildings in India
Chapter 9. Appropriate Technology for a Climatically Responsive Low Energy Architecture
Chapter 10. Design Tools
Chapter 11. Actual Projects and Case Studies
Part II: Design Data
Chapter 12. Climatic Parameters
Chapter 13. Climatic Context
Chapter 14. Climatic Data
Chapter 15. Solar Shading Masks
Chapter 16. Analysis of Radiation on Different Surfaces and Hourly Ambient Temperature Variations
Chapter 17. Vegetation Data
Chapter 18. Data Tables