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Alfarra, Hasan; Stevenson, Elizabeth Victoria; Jones, Phillip John
Languages: English
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Subjects: TD
Architecture is increasingly becoming interrelated with environmental techniques and sustainability for several reasons including: climate change mitigation; maintaining the environment and attaining human comfort while saving energy. Incorporating solar technologies in the built environment represents a promising source of renewable energy due to the freely available sun. The perception of architects, engineers, other building professionals and researchers was investigated via an international web-based questionnaire which received 1,295 valid responses. The perceptions, limitations, and recommendations of the participants were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. Statistical tests were used to weigh the responses of architects versus engineers and other professionals. The solar energy technologies were seen by the respondents as an extremely positive contributor to a sustainable built environment. Sustainable factors such as energy saving, and reducing carbon dioxide were highly admired by the participants. Clients were found to play an essential role in incorporating innovative technologies in buildings; however, the priority of incorporation was given to multi-function technologies which combine an energy purpose with architectural design needs. The participants were most supportive of using Domestic Hot Water and photovoltaic for new and refurbished residential buildings and least supportive of wind energy. The outcomes of this study provide valuable information of incorporating innovative solar systems in the built environment which is necessary for researchers and professionals in the buildings sector.
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