Solar envelope and form generation in architecture

Topaloğlu, Birol
This thesis analyses the issue of solar access in environmentally sensitive attitudes to architecture. The primary intention of the study is to scrutinize the relationship between solar access and building form (volume) and investigate the efficiency of solar control on / by this form by means of ءsolar envelope̕ technique which is, first, defined by Knowles and developed in different ways in the last 30 years. Solar envelope in Knowles̕ terms can be defined as the building volume resulting from shadow casting restrictions and must be recognized as a both theoretical and technical method in the form generation of any building. Similar to the concept of maximum developable volume allowed under height restrictions or floor area ratios, solar envelope is, rather, defined by solar access concerns. This method is applicable on single buildings as well as dense urban areas (residential and mix use areas) and is a supportive tool in the form generation in any stage of design. Buildings constructed without exceeding the abstract solar envelope that is constructed on the basis of solar access will be successful in the means of passive solar and low-energy design. Such a success will supply a sustainable development, which is globally discussed as a result of environmental and energy crisis. The aim of this thesis is to represent the method of constructing solar envelope, in case study, with its fundamental aspects and tools. Odtükent residences will be the objects of this study. Results of this application will be tested with shadow maps and evaluations both for the existing situation and the proposed envelopes will be developed.


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Citation Formats
B. Topaloğlu, “Solar envelope and form generation in architecture,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2003.