Task 11 assessed the potential of passive solar concepts in non-residential
buildings through a variety of activities. Existing buildings which incorporate
innovative passive solar systems were documented as case studies. Monitoring
methods were surveyed and the performance of a limited number of buildings was
monitored in detail.
In addition, computer simulation capabilities for analyzing passive solar
commercial buildings were enhanced and tested to provide the means to complement
data from monitored buildings and carry out parametric sensitivity studies for
Participants also compiled an extensive sourcebook of examples and design
ideas based on the case study survey, the monitoring, and the simulation
activities. Sections on building typology, space heating, daylighting, cooling
and atria are included. Work on a pilot expert system, ISOLDE, began under this
task and is being completed under an ad hoc working group.
1986 - 1991