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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FROM THE SOLAR R&D COMMUNITY TO THE EUROPEAN BUILDING PROFESSIONS

Objective

THE CEC R&D SUB-PROGRAMME, SOLAR ENERGY APPLICATIONS IN BUILDINGS, FACES AN UNUSUALLY DIFFICULT TASK IN THE DISSEMINATION OF ITS RESULTS BECAUSE OF THE DIVERSITY AND SIZE OF ITS TARGET AUDIENCE. SOLINFO AIMS TO PROMOTE THE TRANSFER OF INFORMATION FROM THE SOLAR RESEARCH COMMUNITY TO THE BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONS. THE AREAS OF WORK MAY BE CATEGORISED BROADLY AS FOLLOWS:
- INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS;
- UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION;
- MID-CAREER EDUCATION;
- PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE;
- RESEARCH DISSEMINATION.
CLOSE LINKAGES EXIST BETWEEN THE SOLINFO AND ARCHISOL PROJECTS.

A SERIES OF NATIONAL REVIEWS, UNDERTAKEN IN 1986 BY EXPERTS IN EACH OF THE MEMBER STATES, HAS ALLOWED THE SOLINFO PROJECT TO BUILD ON APPROPRIATE EXISTING EUROPEAN RESEARCH BY IDENTIFYING PREVIOUS STUDIES AND PINPOINTING EUROPEAN CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN SEVERAL AREAS. THE REVIEWS HAVE BEEN ANALYSED AND CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED PERIODICALLY.
A DETAILED STUDY INTO INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ARCHITECTS WAS BEGUN IN AUGUST 1987 AND COMPLETED IN APRIL 1988. THE AIM OF THE STUDY WAS TO GENERATE CRITERIA WHICH COULD BE USED TO IMPROVE THE DESIGN OF INFORMATION FOR ARCHITECTS IN THE AREA OF PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN. ITS FINDINGS ARE BEING INCORPORATED IN ALL OUTPUT FROM SOLINFO AND ARCHISOL.
A WORKSHOP WAS ARRANGED IN OCTOBER 1987 TO ENCOURAGE AN INTERCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE BETWEEN EUROPEAN CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN THE TEACHING OF PASSIVE AND LOW-ENERGY ARCHITECTURE TO ARCHITECTURAL STUDENTS. MORE THAN TWENTY LEADING TEACHER/ARCHITECTS ATTENDED THE SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOP, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN EUROPE. ARISING FROM THIS INITIATIVE, SOLINFO IS DEVELOPING A RANGE OF APPROPRIATE RESOURCE MATERIALS FOR TEACHERS AND WHICH WILL BE DISSEMINATED THROUGHOUT THE EC.
A RANGE OF DRAWING-BOARD AIDS FOR ARCHITECTS IS BEING DEVELOPED AND COPIES OF THE PRELIMINARY EDITION OF THE EUROPEAN PASSIVE SOLAR HANDBOOK HAVE BEEN PLACED IN MAJOR ARCHITECTURAL LIBRARIES ACROSS EUROPE. HANDBOOKS HAVE ALSO BEEN DISSEMINATED THROUGH A SERIES OF ARCHITECTS' WORKSHOPS.
THE SOLINFO PROJECT IS CO-ORDINATING THE REVISION OF THE EUROPEAN PASSIVE SOLAR HANDBOOK. AN EDITORIAL GROUP HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO OVERSEE THE REVISION. THE REVISED HANDBOOK WILL COMPRISE A SUITE OF COMPLEMENTARY VOLUMES, NAMELY: AN INTRODUCTORY DESIGN PRIMER, A DETAILED DESIGN MANUAL, A PASSIVE SOLAR RESOURCE GUIDE AND A COMPONENTS CATALOGUE. SEVERAL OF THE VOLUMES ARE NEARING COMPLETION.
A SERIES OF CEC RESEARCH DIGESTS IS BEING PRODUCED. THE DIGESTS ARE INTENDED TO BRING NEWS AND RESULTS OF THE COMMISSION'S SOLAR THERMAL RESEARCH PROJECTS SPEEDILY TO A WIDER AUDIENCE. IN ADDITION, A NUMBER OF EXTENSIVE MAILING LISTS AND OTHER DATABASES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED WHICH ARE AT THE SERVICE OF THIS AND OTHER PROJECTS WITHIN THE COMMUNITIES' SOLAR THERMAL R&D PROGRAMME.

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
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