A Review of Solar Energy and the Built Environment

Journal of Design and the Built Environment. 2005;1(1):67-80


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Journal Title: Journal of Design and the Built Environment

ISSN: 1823-4208 (Print); 2232-1500 (Online)

Publisher: University of Malaya

Society/Institution: University of Malaya, Faculty of Built Environment

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering | Technology: Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

Country of publisher: Malaysia

Language of fulltext: English, Malay (macrolanguage)

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Raha Sulaiman (Department of Building Surveying, Faculty of the Built Environment University of Malaya)


Blind peer review

Editorial Board

Instructions for authors

Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Solar Energy has been acknowledged as a free and infinite source of energy. In Built Environment (BE), solar energy has been used since pre-historic time. Many improvements and technologies .have been developed with respect to their potential. As solar supplies free energy, the issues with regard to their development in the BE will be examined. The solar energy is used in building either in Passive Solar Design (PSD) or Active Solar Design (ASD). Rapid development in BE has caused global warming effect where the heating and cooling of the building contribute to half the total energy consumption of the nation and the construction industry leading to CO2 emission level at 300 million tonnes. It is found that solar energy produces different energy performances which result from different building technique that affected the environment in various ways. Whether or not the energy performances depend on the materials used, the equipment installed in the building or the energy sources supplied to the building , the improvement and development of solar energy still continues and grows.