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ARCHITECTURE AND SOLAR ENERGY

Objective

ARCHISOL HAS THE GOAL OF ADVANCING THE INTRODUCTION OF ENERGY-CONSCIOUS BUILDING INTO THE MAINSTRAM OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. AN EXPERT TEAM OF NATIONAL SUB-CONTRACTORS FORMS THE BASIS OF AN INFORMATION NETWORK AND ACTS AS AN ADVISORY GROUP, REVIEWING THE PROGRESS AND DIRECTION OF THE SOLINFO AND ARCHISOL PROJECTS TWICE ANNUALLY. THERE IS ALSO A SERIES OF RELATED TASKS. THE AREAS OF WORK MAY BE CATEGORISED BROADLY AS FOLLOWS:
- CONSULTATION;
- PROFESSIONAL MEDIA;
- LAY LITERATURE;
COMPETITIONS;
- REALISATION.

SEVERAL INITIATIVES HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED TO IMPROVE THE SPEED, QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF COMMUNICATIONS WITHIN THE GROUP. PRINCIPAL AMONG THESE IS THE USE OF EUROKOM, THE ESPRIT ELECTRONIC MAIL AND COMPUTER CONFERENCING SERVICE. SOME EARLY DIFFICULTIES IN USE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCED, BUT THE SYSTEM HAS CONSIDERABLE ATTRACTIONS.
SEVERAL FEATURE ARTICLES AND REVIEWS OF EXEMPLARY PASSIVE SOLAR BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN PLACED IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTS'JOURNALS. IN ADDITION, THE BUILDINGS FEATURED IN THE PROJECT MONITOR BROCHURES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO A WIDER AUDIENCE THROUGH A SERIES OF REPRINTS IN PROFESSIONAL PERIODICALS. WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH JOURNALISTS AND EDITORS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED. CONTACT HAS BEEN INITIATED WITH CICA, THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION OF ARCHITECTURAL CRITICS.
AN INNOVATIVE EXHIBITION OF TRADITIONAL OR VERNACULAR ENERGY-SENSITIVE ARCHITECTURE FROM THE DIFFERENT EUROPEAN REGIONS IS BEING PREPARED. THE EXHIBITION, IN THE FORM OF A NUMBER OF HIGH-QUALITY POSTERS, IS TARGETED PRIMARILY AT ARCHITECTS AND STUDENTS OF ARCHITECTURE, AND WILL BE WIDELY DISSEMINATED.
A VIDEO PROGRAMME IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO INTRODUCE PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN TO EUROPEAN LAY AUDIENCES IS NEARING COMPLETION. THE TARGET AUDIENCE ARE THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN INVOLVEMENT IN ORGANISING AND FUNDING BUILDING AND RENOVATION PROJECTS BUT WHO DO NOT THEMSELVES HAVE ANY TECHNICAL TRAINING. THE VIDEO IS BEING DESIGNED TO ALLOW FOR EVENTUAL TRANSLATION INTO OTHER EC OFFICIAL LANGUAGES.
"WORKING IN THE CITY", THE THIRD EC ARCHITECTURAL IDEAS COMPETITION - SPECIFICALLY FOR THE DESIGN OF NON-DOMESTIC BUILDINGS IN EUROPEAN CITIES AND TOWNS - WAS LAUNCHED IN MAY 1988, AND IS OPEN TO ALL ARCHITECTS RESIDENT IN THE EC. THERE IS A SEPARATE SECTION FOR STUDENT ENTRIES. DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE IN ALL NINE EC OFFICIAL LANGUAGES, AND THERE IS A TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF 40000 ECUS. THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 30 NOVEMBER 1988. THE TECHNICAL ASSESSORS AND THE ARCHITECTURAL JURY - FIVE OF EUROPE'S LEADING ARCHITECTS, FROM BRITAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY AND PORTUGAL - WILL COMPLETE THEIR WORK IN JANUARY 1989. A BOOK OF THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE PUBLISHED.
ALL THOSE WHO REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION WILL RECEIVE THE PUBLICATION, "TECHNICAL DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR THE THERMAL AND DAYLIGHTING DESIGN OF NON-DOMESTIC BUILDINGS". THE PUBLICATION AND A NEW EUROPEAN DAYLIGHT FACTOR METER HAVE BEEN SPECIFICALLY DEVELOPED FOR THE COMPETITION, BUT ARE SUITABLE FOR WIDER APPLICATION.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Ireland