History of solar architecture in Cyprus

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to document the design and construction of buildings in our human heritage approaching it from a solar design point of view. Elements, which are now fundamentally used in passive architecture, can be found in constructions created since 7000B.C. These examples, illustrate strong characteristics of historical architecture, which serve as fine examples of energy-saving architecture today. As such, the paper does not attempt a complete historical or geographic analysis of the entire range of building forms. Yet, by selectively looking at examples of buildings we see that there are important linking attitudes and unavoidable laws of physical performance. We have access a surprisingly rich and complex vocabulary of forms and principles. Cypriot traditional houses have proved to be superiorly energyefficient (243 kWh/m 2 annual energy use) when compared to contemporary houses (368 kWh/m2) due to the thermal performance of both cases based on their architectural design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Solar World Congress 2005
Subtitle of host publicationBringing Water to the World, Including Proceedings of 34th ASES Annual Conference and Proceedings of 30th National Passive Solar Conference
Pages2586-2591
Number of pages6
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventSolar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including 34th ASES Annual Conference and 30th National Passive Solar Conference - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 6 Aug 200512 Aug 2005

Other

OtherSolar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including 34th ASES Annual Conference and 30th National Passive Solar Conference
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period6/08/0512/08/05

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