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Sun, Wind, and Light: Architectural Design Strategies 3rd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470945788
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Books about sustainability come in different shapes and sizes: some theoretical, some practical, some a pleasure to look at, some just factual. This one is an intriguing mix of all these...
--Architectural Review (UK) Adam Voelker

a comprehensive document and despite much further reading I have yet to find a strategy elsewhere not mentioned in this book. --Amazon UK

Charged to select three books for people interested in teaching themselves ... architecture, ... I would choose Sun, Wind & Light to teach the processes architects should use. ...an inspirational book.
--SBSE News

This book is an obvious choice as a textbook on climate-responsive design, but it should also serve as a valuable reference for anyone designing buildings with climate in mind.  --Environmental Building News

Great book to study for sustainable architecture. Gives details on how to design for particular climates and regions. Filled with helpful charts and graphs to decipher for seasons and times of the day according to each climate. --Alibris

"No architect should neglect to follow the advice that it gives." (Center for Education in the Built Environment, August 2002) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A text for architectural design studio courses, geared to inspire design ideas and to help students understand the energy consequence of design decisions. Concentrates on the analysis of sun, wind, and light resources of a particular site and climate. Also offers design strategies organized by building groups, buildings and building parts, and provides strategies for supplementing passive systems. Includes over 200 beautifully rendered architectural illustrations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (February 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470945788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470945780
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very helpful in determining the siting of your building (or gardens)with respect to wind patterns, and sun patterns of your area. As a designer of both indoor and outdoor spaces I found it to be a practical resource for helping ensure the success of a design. When I want shade, I now know where shade will fall; when I want to fill a space with light, I now know where and when light will be there and can adjust my design accordingly. Great book! Would reccommend it to architects, landscape architects and anyone wanting to see how their designs integrate into the daily and seasonal climate, wind, and light patterns of their area. The Sun Peg Charts are especially helpful. Good starting and reference point for all designs. Definitely add this one to your library.
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A very comprehensive book which leaves you with shortness of breath after each page, covers very well all the aspects of the title and their interaction and effect on planning a building or project of any kind, and gives u alot of new ideas on how to find out the effects of sun,wind and light and from where will the effect be more and how to make advantage of each one of these elements. keeps you woundering whether what you have ever designed before was valid or not. rich in figures and examples, slightly difficult regarding the laguage. but it is worth every penney.
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This is one of the best books I've seen that address building architectural design considerations that affect heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting. It presents tidbits from real designs, focuses on maximizing the effects of the local climate on the building toward the objective of a comfortable and usable living/working space, and addresses supplemental systems as well. This information presumes a level of knowledge relating to some of these concepts that I don't currently have, making it a pretty hard read in many places. However, the book digs pretty deep into each area, providing enough information to get a good start on a building design. The fusion of engineering and creativity is my favorite feature of this book. It provides insight into creative building designs while also presenting the more quantitative factors necessary to size and evaluate a design for intended use.
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By RG69 on April 4, 2014
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Where the first edition organized the design strategies individually by scale, the third edition is a complete redesign—adding a number of layers of complexity that reflects a more comprehensive approach and understanding of the subject. Not only have the Analysis Techniques and Design Strategies expanded from 109 to 150, but the overall intentions have evolved to give designers the tools and strategies “to meet and exceed the Architecture 2030 energy and carbon targets.” This includes carbon neutral, net-zero, and net-positive energy buildings, and accompanying climatic and energy target information for various cities. Although the latter focuses more on urban centres in Canada and the Unites States, the reach is global in nature.
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As anyone working in a design field these days knows, green is the new black (and black may afford too much thermal gain, depending on solar angle). This work presents strategies for building (and neighborhood, and building part) design that take into account the new energy realities.

The book is not simply a rehash of LEED strategies - in fact, the authors note that current approaches to energy-aware design are pretty much missing the point. Instead, the methods discussed in the book seek to illuminate an integrated approach to things like daylighting and HVAC.

The book is not an easy read. There is a fairly complex taxonomy and design hierarchy developed, and, unless you familiarize yourself with that, using the book and online resources as a reference will be difficult. I was also surprised to see frequent use of old style hand drawn graphics and charts, given that this new edition has embraced technology in so many other areas (both presentation and content).

For readers with a background in design who need a grounding in green energy strategies, the book will be a valuable resource. It's not comprehensive enough to be the primary textbook in a class on the subject, but would be a valuable adjunct in a project-based class.
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I studied under Mark DeKay, using the first edition of this book. The second edition adds all of Mark's lectures into what was already a great book, full of very helpful rules of thumb for orientation, materials, siting, and a lot of other design recommendations. A great book made even better the second time around!
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UPDATE 24 March 2014: This update applies only to Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies 3rd Edition

HUGE update. Focus is on zero-net energy and carbon neutral design, augmented by energy-plus building design. New material takes it up to over 800 pages. Nine new "bundles" of design strategies are added including topcis such as "neighborhood of light," "passively cooled buildings" and "responsive envelope." The book is now in PDF and also in print as a flat spiral bound volume for desktop ease of use. Navigation within this book -- which was already superb in the original editions -- has been augmented, to include graphic "Navigation by Design Strategy Maps" showing relationships among design strategies in six nexted levels of complexity. HUGH SQUARED: The book is now accompanied by a 62-page spreadsheet and separately, on the publisher's companion web site, 1400 pages of climate data and analytics on each US climate zone including five in Alaska, all downloadable [this is part of the purchase, download needs access card printed on inside of back cover of the book]. I continue to regard this book as one of the most exciting around and would not be at all surprised if the next edition includes urban farming that also cleans water and removes waste (sort of kidding, but not really).

Although I normally read books in twos and threes on the same topic to gain varied perspectives, this is the first time I am writing a single review encompassing two books. They mesh together so well that I cannot imagine studying this subject without having BOTH in hand.

The two books are
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