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Sustainable Vernacular Architecture

How the Past Can Enrich the Future

  • Ali Sayigh

Part of the Innovative Renewable Energy book series (INREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Ali Sayigh
    Pages 1-6
  3. Rui Nogueira Simões, Inês Cabral, Fernando Cerqueira Barros, Gilberto Carlos, Mariana Correia, Bruno Marques et al.
    Pages 55-91
  4. Seyedehmamak Salavatian, Farzaneh Asadi Malekjahan
    Pages 115-139
  5. Amina Batagarawa, Rukayyatu Bashiru Tukur
    Pages 207-227
  6. Aliyah Nur Zafirah Sanusi, Aida Kesuma Azmin, Fadzidah Abdullah, Mohd Hisyamuddin Kassim
    Pages 275-292
  7. Judit Lopez-Besora, Helena Coch, Cristina Pardal
    Pages 357-376
  8. Michele Morganti, Emanuele Habib, Edoardo Currà, Carlo Cecere
    Pages 409-425
  9. Ali Sayigh
    Pages 427-427

About this book


This book discusses applying vernacular strategies to modern architectural design to adhere to basic green principles of energy efficiency and materials utilization. Written from an international perspective, chapters present the perspectives and experiences of architects and engineers from across the globe. Historically successful approaches are integrated with modern design concepts to create novel, sustainable, and resource conscious solutions. The scope of topics covered include natural ventilation, cooling and heating, daylight and shading devices, and green micro-climate and functional facades, making this a useful reference for a wide range of researchers and workers in the built environment.

  • Covers the most up-to-date research developments, best practices, and innovations from countries all over the globe;
  • Presents the latest research in vernacular architecture and sustainable building;
  • Contains case studies and examples to enhance practical application of the technologies presented.


Climate adaptive design Smart islands Smart architecture design Thermal comfort Natural ventilation Daylight shading Green architecture Cooling and heating Functional facades Sustainable architecture Energy efficient building Green building

Editors and affiliations

  • Ali Sayigh
    • 1
  1. 1.World Renewable Energy CongressBrightonUK

About the editors

Dr. Ali Sayigh is Chairman and Founder of the World Renewable Energy Congress and Council; Director General of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN); Chairman and Founder of the Arab Solar Energy Society; and Past Chairman of the UK Solar Energy Society. Dr. Sayigh was recently elected to chair the Iraqi Energy Institute, and he actively consults on renewable and sustainable energy issues for a number of international organizations, including UNESCO, ISESCO, UNDP, ESCWA, & UNIDO. Dr. Sayigh was Director of Solar Seminars at ICTP Trieste, Italy from 1977-1995; Professor of Solar Energy at King Saud, Kuwait, and Reading Universities from 1969 to 1994, and Professor of Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire from 1994 to 2004. He was the founding expert in Renewable Energy at AOPEC. He is Fellow of the Institute of Energy; Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers; and Chartered Engineer. He has published more than 400 papers and has contributed to and edited more than 30 books. He has been Editor and Editor in Chief of several international journals including Renewable Energy and the International Journal of Environmental Sciences and Technology and Editor-in-Chief of the Major Reference Work, Comprehensive Renewable Energy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sustainable Vernacular Architecture
  • Book Subtitle How the Past Can Enrich the Future
  • Editors Ali Sayigh
  • Series Title Innovative Renewable Energy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Innovative Renewable Energy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-06184-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-06185-2
  • Series ISSN 2522-8927
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-8935
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 437
  • Number of Illustrations 80 b/w illustrations, 428 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sustainable Architecture/Green Buildings
    Energy Efficiency
    Building Construction and Design
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