IDEAS Lecture | 14th November

Maria Cristina MUNARI PROBST will be the speaker of the next IDEAS lecture, entitled "Solar energy use and architecture". It will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2012 at 3:15 pm in room AAC120 (Building SG).

The axis Integrated Design, Architecture and Sustainability (IDEAS) is a joint initiative of both the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design (LIPID) and Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) of the ENAC School at EPFL. It aims to address an increased integration of the various issues related to sustainable architecture within the framework of the Doctoral program Architecture & Science of the city (EDAR).

Solar energy use and architecture

Sustainable development issues have lately become a major concern for our society, leading to a new interest for solar energy use in buildings. The resulting widespread use of solar systems will require all actors in the field to deal at best with the impact of this new reality on buildings design and cities landscapes. Architects will have to improve their knowledge, authorities will have to develop new adapted building and urban regulations, and manufacturers will have to develop new products conceived for building integration.
Recent researches in these fields will be presented.

Maria Cristina Munari Probst is a practicing architect, researcher and lecturer.
After studying architecture at the universities of Venice IUAV (I) and Bath (UK), she designed in 2000 one of the first passive houses in Switzerland. She joined EPFL in 2003 for a PhD in solar thermal integration, resulting in the book "Architectural integration and design of solar thermal systems", Routledge, 2011.
In the last ten years she participated to international energy tasks and worked on the development of several architect oriented solar products, tools and solar energy information web-sites.
She is at present sub-task leader of IEA Task 41 “Solar Energy and Architecture”, and responsible for the development of a tool assessing the acceptability of active solar systems at the urban level.
She teaches building integration of solar energy systems at EPFL at 3rd year course "Architectural integration of solar energy" and at the course "Indoor environment quality and energy in buildings".