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Ecological Envelopes: Fivefold Functionality
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The Carbon Neutral Design Project:
Carbon Neutral Teaching: Curriculum Materials Development
Mary Guzowski, Loren Abraham, and Ian McLellan
University of Minnesota

Spring 2008 6.5 week TECHNOLOGY MODULE- Luminous and Thermal Design: An Ecological Approach to Zero-Energy Carbon Neutral Design

Ecological Envelopes: Fivefold Functionality


Design Performance Objective

Ecological Envelopes Analysis

Exterior computer studies of the building envelope and shading systems.

Students: Egon, LaVenture, and Tanaka


physical study models

Spring 2008 6.5 week TECHNOLOGY MODULE- Luminous and Thermal Design: An Ecological Approach to Zero-Energy Carbon Neutral Design

Ecological Envelopes: Fivefold Functionality

• To integrate the ecological envelope design for daylighting, heating, and ventilation with other ecological opportunities.
• To foster a fivefold approach to ecological form and functionality.

Investigative Strategy

In Project Four, students revised their initial design proposal to explore the integration of ecological concepts and passive and active approaches to lighting, heating, and ventilation at the scale of the building envelope. Their challenge was to consider the opportunities of the building skin as an ecological envelope. They were are asked to consider the concept of “fivefold functionality” by exploring how the envelope might address multiple issues such as the integration of passive and active systems for heating and cooling as well as additional ecological concerns such as water harvesting, electric energy generation, creation of habitat, health and well-being, beauty, connection to place, etc.

Evaluation Process

• Three physical study models of the envelope detail at ½” scale.
• Three annotated envelope details at ½” scale.

Information about the Project and Studio

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project outline

Evaluative Criteria
• Clarity and execution of design intention demonstrated in the models
• Clarity and execution of design intentions demonstrated in the annotated sections
• Clarity and execution of precedent studies
Cautions/Possible Confusions
Emphasis should be placed on the importance of comparing and contrasting envelope design strategies (section, details, materials) to understand the design implications for daylighting and thermal performance. The project is intended to encourage experimentation and to gain qualitative and quantitative understanding of the envelope design as it is embodied in design decisions. The project is not seeking a single answer or solution.
Range of Applicability in terms of CLIMATE
Range of Applicability in terms of TYPE
Reference Material
Duration of Exercise
Three days.
Degree of Difficulty / Previous Knowledge Required
Introductory graduate level.

qualitative windflow


Ecological Envelopes Analysis
Students: Duch, Fischer, and Paoli
Computer and physical model studies of the interior and exterior envelope and shading systems.



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