Architecture and Planning ETDs


Peer Gerlach

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The depleting reserves of natural resources and energy and their escalating cost have vitalized serious interest in conservation. Perhaps one of the nation's most sensitive economic indicators is the building industry, which has been deeply affected by the energy crisis.

While numerous procedures for conserving energy and materials in buildings exist, correct implementation of these methods is the real issue. It is therefore essential that the architect, together with allied professionals, plan buildings as efficiently as possible, if the future of this vital industry is to be secured.

Consequently the following study is intended to serve as a guide for alternative design considerations with respect to the deepening energy crisis that confronts the architect. This survey represents the latest research available, with a large portion of the data having been collected through correspondence with universities engaged in conservation projects. Furthermore, reports, nationwide newspapers, and interviews with professionals in the building industry have yielded pertinent information on problems faced by the practicing architect and his related attitudes.

Although the worth of many conservation techniques in building design is a source of much debate among experts, there are certain basic principles which should be applied in all planning. Most of the information that follows, however, has been more specifically directed toward building in hot-arid climates. Nevertheless, it is hoped that the suggestions presented herein will be of practical benefit when adapted for individual design needs.

Chapter I traces the development of energy systems through history and analyzes the major factors that have led to the current energy crisis. Present and future problems of the building industry and related professionals are also discussed.

Chapters II and III represent the handbook portion of this study and present designers and planners with alternate design proposals that will save energy and materials, based on current technology.

The concluding chapter takes an in depth look at the status of the building industry and the architect's role therein. Trends, changing priorities, and relationships among building professionals are the topics analyzed to determine future courses of action the industry might follow to alleviate problems caused by the energy crisis.

Appendices at the end categorize in outline form additional conservation procedures, with an extra supplement on saving energy in residential construction.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Keith W. Haggard

Second Committee Member

Don Paul Schlegel

Third Committee Member

Craig G. Andrews

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