Integration of Mother Nature and Building Systems

  • Anil Ahuja


A designer’s early decisions in site planning will influence the later choices of both the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment and its overall consumption of energy. If the site is seen as a collection of resources (sun, wind, water, plants) and also as a part of the environment we all share, the buildings we design can approach self-sufficiency of energy supply, without limiting the availability of local energy resources for neighboring buildings. In the interest of minimizing life cycle cost attributed to the building environmental control system, the following areas should be addressed in planning and design of building systems:
  • Site selection and building positioning

  • Exploitation of natural geographical assets

  • Utility selection

  • Fuel selection

  • Building architecture, type of construction, and materials

  • HVAC equipment selection and operation


Life Cycle Cost Thermal Storage Building System Building Envelope Mother Nature 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anil Ahuja
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  1. 1.Building Systems, Mechanical and ElectricalThe Austin CompanyDes PlainsUSA

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