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Microclimatic Landscape Design: Creating Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiencyby Robert D Brown
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Creating Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency
Microclimatic Landscape Design shows designers how to work with nature to create climatically pleasant spaces for human activities. With remarkable clarity, it covers both the scientific background and the design techniques needed for shaping spaces that increase comfort and reduce energy consumption. This comprehensive, environmentally-sensitive guide:
For landscape architects, architects, contractors, and planners, Microclimatic Landscape Design is a concise, practical, and indispensable guide to improving the comfort of outdoor spaces and reducing the heating or cooling loads on buildings.
Book News Annotation:
Shows designers and architects how to use landscape elements to create climatically pleasant outdoor spaces for human activities and to reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling buildings. Explains the scientific principles of microclimate, and how objects in the landscape can modify such variables as radiation, wind, temperature, humidity, and precipitation.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book describes design techniques that can be used to create microclimates— designing sites to modify the prevailing temperature and air flow— that increase comfort or reduce energy consumption. This book explores tricks and techniques of site design to improve the comfort of outdoor spaces and reduce the heating or cooling loads on indoor spaces.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187) and index.
About the Author
ROBERT D. BROWN is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the School of Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph, Canada, where he also received his MLA and PhD in micrometeorology. Dr. Brown maintains active teaching and research programs and is a frequent contributor to the professional literature.
TERRY J. GILLESPIE is Professor in the Department of Land Resource Science at the University of Guelph, where he also received his PhD in meteorology. Dr. Gillespie has received numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious John Bell Award, and was recognized as Canadian Professor of the Year.
Table of Contents
Microclimatology and Energy Budgets.
Human Thermal Comfort.
Energy Conservation in Buildings.
Temperature, Humidity, and Precipitation Modification.
Integrating Microclimate Information in Design.
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