Task 51 - Solar Energy in Urban Planning


Summer School with a Twist Summer School with a Twist
December 2016 - PDF 0.36MB
Editor: Pamela Murphy
The recently held summer school, “City in Transformation: Energy and the Urban Environment“ brought students together with researchers and teachers in combination with the IEA SHC Task on Solar Energy in Urban Planning. Over the course of a week, students from different fields and German universities developed a master plan for solar optimized buildings in an area of Berlin’s Adlershof district and then publically presented project designs.
Task 51: Promoting Solar Energy While Preserving Urban Context Task 51: Promoting Solar Energy While Preserving Urban Context
May 2016 - PDF 0.5MB
By: Maria Cristina Munari Probst and Christian Roecker
New energy regulations, together with mandatory solar fractions for electricity and Domestic Hot Water are introducing new materialities and geometries in buildings, resulting in new forms of architectural expression that are slowly modifying our city landscapes. The increased use of active solar collectors in buildings is clearly necessary and welcome, but brings major challenges in already existing environments. The large size of solar systems at the building scale asks for thoughtful planning, as these systems may end up compromising the quality of the building, threatening the identity of entire contexts.
Task 51 Highlights 2015 Task 51 Highlights 2015
April 2016 - PDF 0.12MB
A large portion of the potential for energy efficiency in existing buildings and the potential to utilize solar energy still remains untapped. The built environment accounts for over 40% of the world’s total primary energy use and 24% of greenhouse gas emissions. The combination of making buildings (refurbishing and new developments) more energy efficient and using a larger fraction of renewable energy is therefore a key issue. Political statements and directives are already moving towards zero-energy buildings, communities and whole cities. An increased use of solar energy is one important part of the development ahead, where the urban fabric needs to utilize passive solar gains and daylight to reduce the energy use in buildings and for lighting outdoor environments, as well as to improve the inhabitants’ comfort indoors and in urban outdoor areas. And, active solar energy systems integrated in the urban context to enable a supply of renewable energy primarily as heat and electricity, but also of solar cooling, helping cities reach sustainable solutions.
Task 51: State-of-the-Ar t: Solar Energy in Urban Planning Education Task 51: State-of-the-Ar t: Solar Energy in Urban Planning Education
November 2015 - PDF 0.18MB
By: Tanja Siems and Katharina Simon, Institute for Urban Design and Urban Research at Wuppertal University, Germany and by Karsten Voss, Institute for Building Physics and Building Services at Wuppertal University, Germany.
Publisher: IEA SHC
Education and dissemination are important issues for SHC Task 51 on Solar Energy in Urban Planning. As part of this work, Subtask D experts are focusing on educational issues to strengthen the knowledge and competence in solar energy and urban planning of relevant stakeholders, including university students, planners and other professionals. The creation of a substantial link between research and education as well as between research and practice is the core of Subtask D. This subtask is working to determine where deficits currently exist and then will evaluate the reasons for these deficits and propose solutions and strategies to overcome these shortcomings.
Task 51 Highlights 2014 Task 51 Highlights 2014
February 2015 - PDF 0.19MB
A large portion of the potential for energy efficiency in existing buildings and the potential to utilize solar energy still remains untapped. The built environment accounts for over 40% of the world’s total primary energy use and 24% of greenhouse gas emissions. The combination of making buildings (refurbishing and new developments) more energy efficient and using a larger fraction of renewable energy is therefore a key issue. Political statements and directives are already moving towards zero-energy buildings, communities and whole cities. An increased use of solar energy is one important part of the development ahead, where the urban fabric needs to utilize passive solar gains and daylight to reduce the energy use in buildings and for lighting outdoor environments, as well as to improve the inhabitants’ comfort indoors and in urban outdoor areas. And, active solar energy systems integrated in the urban context to enable a supply of renewable energy primarily as heat and electricity, but also of solar cooling, helping cities reach sustainable solutions.
Web-site: Innovative solar products for architectural integration
Subtask D: Education and Dissemination
June 2013
By: MariaCristina Munari Probst, Christian Roecker, Laurent Deschamps (EPFL-LESO)
This website shows in an attractive way the innovative/inspiring solar products for building integration now available on the market. The website is dedicated to architects and has three sections: photovoltaic, solar thermal and hybrid systems. By choosing a specific technology and integration approach (roof integration, facade integration, balcony etc) the user receives a selection of appropriate products, presented in the form of virtual A4 sheets. These sheets include dedicated information, contact details and pictures, both of the product alone and in situation on buildings. The website was developed by Task 41, Subtask A, and will continue to be updated within Subtask D in Task 51.