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High Density, Low Energy - Access for Dublin's Multi-storey developments

PLEA Proceedings, 2008


This research, undertaken as a part of the Architectural Association Sustainable Environmental Design Programme focused on the relationship between building density and solar energy. This is a relationship that has real resonance in the context of the Climate Crisis, density being a key driver to reduce urban energy consumption, and solar energy offering huge potential in terms of reducing building operational energy consumption and enhancing well being. The research explored this relationship in the context of Dublin, a city in which the relatively low solar angles of the northerly latitude make solar access a significant design challenge. The paper below was awarded Best Paper at the 2008 PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture) Conference, in 2008. The below extract is taken from a lecture given to UEL in 2013 - full lecture can be seen here

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