Building Form/ Shape
Energy efficiency- A circular or square building shape will hold
heat better than a long, rectangular building.
Harmony with environment- Locate building in a space that does not
block views of the surrounding environment from surrounding buildings. Locate the
building in a space which does not shade existing vegetation that needs ample amounts of
sunlight. Locate the building in a space which removes the least amount of trees.
DOE- 2 computer modeling helps to calculate the varying conditions of fundamental building
Case Studies to research:
Harmony with environment -
Paulk Residence, Seabeck, Washington - The site was disturbed as little as possible.
Footings were hand-dug to minimize soil disturbance.
-Reeves Residence, Dewees Island, South Carolina - The building was located on a site
where the fewest trees were removed.
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Energy-Efficient Office. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 1994
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Conscious Building by Laura Zeiher.
U.S. Department of Energy: EPIC - Pollution
Prevention Information Clearinghouse.