by Norbert Lechner
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Sustainable principles have a more important role in building design that at any previous time in history, especially as we strive to construction Net Zero buildings. Lechner's Heating, Cooling, Lighting teaches all of the important principles of sustainable design relating to the mechanical and electrical systems of a building.
The newest edition of Heating, Cooling, Lighting covers basics like passive cooling, daylighting, and shading. However, it goes beyond these basic topics to cover new technologies like photovoltaic panels and energy modeling software — all in an effort to get to Net Zero. All topics are supported with scientific data in table or chart form, yet the written text describes the principles in an easy-to-understand way.
The book is setup as a textbook and is used widely in architectural education. Each chapter has a summary of important principles and a list of other resources for further reading. In addition to the tables and charts mentioned above, the book has many drawings and photos that help explain complex ideas.
Heating, Cooling, Lighting is an Archtoolbox recommended resource for all professionals and students looking to increase their knowledge of sustainable design principles.