Climate design and climate engineering are nowadays standard in the design process. the more successful we are in this, the less energy we need to run the building during its useful life and we focus instead on an additional aspect: the embodied energy – the energy we need for the material production and construction process. Interestingly, the reduction in energy used in a climate-efficient building during its lifetime is equal to the energy consumption necessary to produce and install the building. this aspect triggers us to consider the design potentials of focusing on less energy in the construction. Which materials make sense energy-wise? Do we need to build with simple materials for 500 yeras or should we go high-tech and design complete life cycle for a perfect reuse with maximum recyclable materials? Or should we build out of materials that can be used as energy after being a building? This publication focuses on the embodied energy aspects of building materials, their life cycle and their potentials for reuse as energy or in construction, and presents some far-reaching design ideas.
/// Summary Imagine 05 – Energy
Authors: Ulrich Knaack, Marcel Bilow, Thomas Auer, Linda Hildebrand
Publishers: 010 Publishers , Rotterdam 2010
Delft University of Technology , Faculty ofArchitecture, Chair of Design & Construction