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Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes


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Editor's Preface: High Performance Homes: Metrics, Ethics and Design Franca Trubiano Introduction: Household Power: How Much is Enough? William W Braham Part 1: Building Envelopes, New Materials and Architectural Design 1.1 Energy Free Architectural Design - The Case of PassivHaus and Double Skin Facades Franca Trubiano 1.2 Translucent Building Skins - Advancing the Technology of Light Transmission Franca Trubiano 1.3 Responsive Building Envelopes: Characteristics and Evolving Paradigms Kathy Velikov and Geoffrey Thun 1.4 Nano-Materials + Super Insulator = Aerogel Franca Trubiano Part 2: Renewable Energies, Building Systems and Simulations 2.1 The Design Integration of Renewable Energies Franca Trubiano and Russell Gentry 2.2 Systems Integrated Photovoltaics, SIPV Jeffrey Brownson 2.3 Building Systems, Controls and Automation Russell Gentry 2.4 Building Performance and Computational Simulation Yun Kyu Yi Part 3: Integrated Practice and Residential Construction 3.1 Integrated Project Delivery - Contracting for High Performance Ryan Smith and Joerg Rugemer 3.2 Energy and the Integrative Design Process, Defining the Team of Experts Lisa Iulo 3.3 The Construction of Low Energy Prefabricated Housing in Denmark Anne Beim and Kasper Sanchez Vibaek 3.4 From Modeling to Making, Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication Tristan Al-Haddad Part 4: High Performance Homes: Case Studies 4.1 LumenHaus and the Eclipsis Sun Control System Robert Dunay, Joseph Wheeler and Robert Schubert 4.2 Project Icarus: Optimizing Light and Energy in the Design of a Translucent Roof Franca Trubiano 4.3 North House: Climate Responsive Envelope and Control System Geoffrey Thun and Kathy Velikov 4.4 Modular Building; Three Scales/Three Strategies Lisa Iulo

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Franca Trubiano is a Registered Architect (O.A.Q., Int. Assoc. AIA) and Assistant Professor at Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania where she received her doctoral degree and conducts research in construction technology, emerging materials, tectonic theory, integrated design and architectural ecologies.


"To prevent the worst of climate change, high-performance buildings are now a necessity, and this book is a great resource to make such buildings a reality. It clearly recognizes that high performance is not just a technical challenge, but also requires an understanding of people's behaviors and the complexity of social arrangements."

Norbert Lechner, Auburn University, USA

"From design and analysis, to project construction and delivery, to new materials and techniques, the book carefully collects top authors, content, and case studies to help explicate what the editor describes as "energy-free architectural design". As well illustrated as it is written, this book convincingly merges the range of historical, technical, theoretical, and architectural obligations that presuppose our understanding of higher-performance buildings."

Kiel Moe, Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA

"This book insightfully spans some difficult gaps that have hindered our ecological aspirations in residential design: between the warm sense of home and the cold hard benchmarks of performance; from aesthetic to ethical considerations, between the hardware and the integrated systems; between available technology and material construction; and between simulation models and real-world cases"

Leonard Bachman, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, USA

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