One of the leading references on the design of a building's environmental controls has just gotten better. For years, Heating, Cooling, Lighting has supplied architects and students with the strategies needed for initial design decisions for building systems. The book looks at how to design the form of the building itself to take advantage of natural heating, cooling, and lighting and how to best utilize active mechanical equipment to satisfy the needs not provided by nature. This new edition has been expanded and updated to reflect the latest codes, standards, and energy-efficiency rating systems.
Providing a qualitative, visual approach to heating, cooling, and lighting techniques, this book reflects and supports the decision- making process of architects involved in developing schematic designs. Based on a three-tier approach<-->load avoidance, optimum use of natural energies, and the selection of appropriate mechanical equipment<-->the book seeks to aid designers in providing all of a building's thermal and lighting needs while minimizing energy consumption and maximizing sustainability. It provides information on thermal comfort, mechanical heating and cooling systems, climate, passive heating and cooling, shading, site planning, daylight and artificial lighting, and conservation. Sun path diagrams, sizing tables, case studies, and approximately 1,000 photographs are included. Lechner teaches architecture at Auburn University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)