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Energy-Smart Buildings

Design, construction and monitoring of buildings for improved energy efficiency
Dr Jacob J. Lamb, Professor Bruno G. Pollet


Energy-Smart Buildings intends to provide a brief research source for building technology and regulations in terms of energy efficiency, as well as discussing fundamental aspects and cutting-edge trends for new buildings and retrofitting the current building stock. Additionally, sources of renewable and sustainable energy production and storage are reviewed, with case studies of such systems on buildings in a cold climate. This volume provides industry professionals, researchers and students with the most updated review on modern building ideas, and renewable energy technologies that can be coupled with them. It is especially valuable for those starting on a new topic of research or coming into the field.

About Editors

Jacob J Lamb has worked as a senior Researcher at NTNU on a variety of projects within the fields of biology, bioenergy, renewable energy, sensor technologies and energy storage since 2018. His areas of expertise include photosynthesis, microbiology, biological and biochemical techniques, electronics and programming, renewable energy, energy storage, sensor technologies, optical spectroscopy and process engineering. His research motivation is to improve renewable energy sources, increase sustainability within agricultural and aqua-cultural industries, develop technologies for climate change mitigation, as well as develop ways to measure, analyse, and optimise biological processes.

Bruno G Pollet is a full Professor of renewable energy at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and an Extraordinary Professor in hydrogen energy at the University of the Western Cape (RSA) in Cape Town. He currently leads the NTNU Team Hydrogen and heads up the NTNU Hydrogen Energy and Sonochemistry research group. His research covers a wide range of areas in electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering, electrochemical energy conversion and sono-electrochemistry (power ultrasound in electrochemistry).

Table of Contents


Hardback ISBN: 9780750332576

Ebook ISBN: 9780750332590

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-3259-0

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IOP Series in Renewable and Sustainable Power


This timely and easy-to-read book contains a treasure trove of information about energy-efficient buildings. Starting with (impressive!) statistics, legislation and standards (particularly in northern Europe), the book quickly moves into practical matters. A chapter on heat transfer and energy use reviews the physics fundamentals, including tables of material properties and copious equations. The authors then embark on a review of technological solutions, some passive and some active/smart, including energy production and storage in buildings.

A book of this size cannot go into the full depth of what is required in retrofitting an existing building or constructing a new one to be near-zero emission buildings (nZEBs), the standard for new construction in Europe. Instead, the many and current references in each chapter provide the needed depth. There are no problems or applications at the end of the chapters, but the book could be used as textbook for a graduate course or as reference for a practitioner or interested homeowner. A note to the U.S. reader: the book uses metric units and sometimes uses the European comma instead of the decimal point.

Bogdan Hoanca 2020, University of Alaska Anchorage, Optics & Photonics News

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