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Solar architecture and earth construction in the northwest Himalaya / Sanjay Prakash, Aromar Revi, R. L. Sawhney, I. C. Goyal, Arvind Goyal, and M. S. Sodha ; under the auspices of Society for Development Alternatives.

By: Prakash, Sanjay.
Contributor(s): Revi, Aromar | Sawhney, R. L | Goyal,I. C | Goyal, Arvind | Sodha, M. S | Society for Development Alternatives.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Sustainable development series ; 5. New Delhi : Har-Anand Publications in association with Vikas Pub. House, c1991Description: 132 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0706949331 (hbk.).Subject(s): Earth construction -- India -- Ladākh -- Case studies | Earth construction -- India -- Lāhul and Spiti -- Case studies | Architecture and solar radiation -- India -- Ladākh -- Case studies | Architecture and solar radiation -- India -- Lāhul and Spiti -- Case studiesDDC classification: 691.0954 PRA Online resources: Table of contents Summary: This book represents the efforts of architects, engineers and scientists, and describes the status of building construction and design in two high altitude cold desert areas of the north-western Himalaya: Ladakh and Spiti. The text also includes three live design projects for 'solarisation' undertaken by the authors and supported by calculations of thermal performance. Ladakh and Spiti are two remote areas of India which can be considered ethnic extensions of Tibet. Both areas have a long tradition of energy conscious earth building practice. In recent decades, the breakdown of traditional primogeniture, the decline in the power of monasteries, increased presence of defence forces and increased tourism, have all contributed to a population explosion which have depleted the already scarce natural resources. This book profiles the existing topography, vegetation, climate, resource and energy situation, going on to describe the current state of building technology and design and includes weight case studies of existing buildings with three design projects for energy conscious buildings. The areas being cold and sunny have an extremely high potential for passive solar applications. In the future, given sufficient administrative will, it should be possible to inculcate development of building construction in the region without depending upon fossil fuels for space and water heating. The book can be read by wider public through much of it is written for administrators, architects, engineers and scientists working in cold desert areas, earth construction technology, energy conservation and passive solar architecture.
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Case study of building designs in Ladākh and Spiti.

Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-128).

This book represents the efforts of architects, engineers and scientists, and describes the status of building construction and design in two high altitude cold desert areas of the north-western Himalaya: Ladakh and Spiti. The text also includes three live design projects for 'solarisation' undertaken by the authors and supported by calculations of thermal performance.
Ladakh and Spiti are two remote areas of India which can be considered ethnic extensions of Tibet. Both areas have a long tradition of energy conscious earth building practice. In recent decades, the breakdown of traditional primogeniture, the decline in the power of monasteries, increased presence of defence forces and increased tourism, have all contributed to a population explosion which have depleted the already scarce natural resources.
This book profiles the existing topography, vegetation, climate, resource and energy situation, going on to describe the current state of building technology and design and includes weight case studies of existing buildings with three design projects for energy conscious buildings.
The areas being cold and sunny have an extremely high potential for passive solar applications. In the future, given sufficient administrative will, it should be possible to inculcate development of building construction in the region without depending upon fossil fuels for space and water heating. The book can be read by wider public through much of it is written for administrators, architects, engineers and scientists working in cold desert areas, earth construction technology, energy conservation and passive solar architecture.

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