On the relationship between urban development types and energy
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On the relationship between urban development types and energy

Analyses of the interdependencies of orientation, form and structural characteristics of urban development types and a solar power supply under the paradigms of 'performance' and 'energy'.

36,- Euro | ISBN 978-3-946319-10-8, 240 pages, 15,5 x 24 cm, Softcover


The oil crisis of the 1970s and the recent energy turnaround have brought solar building back into focus with the passive and plus-energy house. However, balance models developed for this purpose often promote structures with aligned building volumes, large building distances and south-facing solar roofs.

Volatile properties of regeneratively generated electricity are not taken into account, especially in the plus-energy balance. Studies have shown that the greater part of building-related solar electricity cannot be used by the building itself without additional storage.

Following on from this, the author analyses the effects of building and urban forms on their ability to self-use solar electricity from the aspect of power efficiency. Surprisingly, structures with greater self-sufficiency are found than the previously preferred southern rows.

The work thus provides a critical contribution to the current discussion on structural constraints of solar building and at the same time shows diverse approaches to solutions for a freer approach in the setting, orientation and form of our built environment.


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Verlag Dorothea Rohn



Wurzbacher, Steffen: Zum Verhältnis urbaner Bebauungstypen und Energie, Lemgo 2017. 


(Revised edition of the dissertation of the same name, Wuppertal 2015)