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Complex modelling of open system design for sustainable architecture

By Yan Gu and John H. Frazer


This paper argues a model of complex system design for sustainable architecture within a framework of entropy evolution. The spectrum of sustainable architecture consists of the efficient use of energy and material resource in life-cycle of buildings, the active involvement of the occupants in micro-climate control within buildings, and the natural environmental context. The interactions of the parameters compose a complex system of sustainable architectural design, of which the conventional linear and fragmented design technologies are insufficient to indicate holistic and ongoing environmental performance. The complexity theory of dissipative structure states a microscopic formulation of open system evolution, which provides a system design framework for the evolution of building environmental performance towards an optimization of sustainability in architecture

Topics: 120101 Architectural Design, Complex Modelling, Entropy Evolution, Sustainable Design
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1007/978-3-642-02469-6_66
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