Designing for Net Zero Energy

From Low-tech to Mid-tech to Hi-tech and to Eco-tech

Authored by: Ken Yeang

The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023154
eBook ISBN: 9781315775869
Adobe ISBN: 9781317688754

10.4324/9781315775869.ch09

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Abstract

For those of us who designed, built, or taught in the area of “energy-efficient design” in the 1970s and 1980s, the interest in our buildings, writings, research, and conferences seemed to fluctuate yearly with the price of oil. We understood the waste of resources, the inefficiency, and the environmental degradation caused by most buildings at that time, but our design movement to Solar Architecture was largely driven by the “energy crisis” that dramatically increased oil prices starting in 1973. However, as the encompassing issues of climate change and the long-term sustainability of our developed societies came into focus in the 1990s, we came to see that the issues were much broader and much, much more important.

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