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“Bioclimatic Architecture and Cyprus” sets out to demonstrate that bioclimatic architecture is a viable energy-saving concept which can be applied in the context of Cyprus through both research and hands on examples. A principal aim of the research revealed in this publication was to develop an understanding of the criteria needed for an appropriate bioclimatic architecture that is sensitive to both energy use and climatic conditions.
For this purpose, the climatic conditions Cyprus, thermal comfort, passive solar systems, comparison of vernacular and contemporary buildings, energy uses, building and energy legislations, education in bioclimatic architecture and building examples (academic and professional) were studied, concluding that passive solar design may be successfully applied through the design of modern buildings in Cyprus.
A crucial argument that transpires from this research is whether environmentally responsible architecture should be regarded as a specialisation within architectural education or whether the entire spectrum of architecture should be taught as a science and as an art that is equally accountable to man and to the environment. This begs the question: Shouldn’t architecture always be ecologically responsible?
This book brings local case studies to the forefront in an attempt to give a concrete understanding on bioclimatic architecture. It entails of a compilation of student design projects from the Department of Architecture of the University of Nicosia as well as built projects by the author which address bioclimatic design approaches.
The goal of this book is to transcend knowledge without any monetary benefit. The book is available for free.
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About the author
Dr Lapithis Petros holds the position of Professor, coordinator of the MA Architecture programme and coordinator of the Sustainable Design Unit at the Architecture Department, University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Lapithis holds a doctorate degree in Passive Solar Architecture, an M.Sc. in Architecture, and an M.Sc. in Environmental Design and Engineering. Lapithis is also the recipient of a Certificate in Education for Teachers of Architecture and a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
His research interests include sustainable design, issues of quality of life, energy conservation, bioclimatic architecture and solar energy design. His research work has been supported by various research grants and has been published in International Conference Proceedings and Journals as well as other media. Lapithis has also participated in EU programmes such as the COST C16 project “Improving the quality of existing urban building envelopes” and the COST C23 project “Strategies for a Low Carbon Built Environment project”.
Dr Lapithis is the principal of P.A. Lapithis Architecture, founded in 1995, which gives emphasis to new and emerging technologies for buildings and specialises on energy conservation. He works with private and public clients on pilot projects, research programmes and new product technology ventures. He is a consultant on refurbishment and renovation of old buildings and design of new.