As part of the American Solar Energy Society National Solar Conference, from April 16-20 at the Baltimore Convention Center, the 38th Annual Passive Solar Conference will explore two broad themes - the emerging architectural discipline of passive solar design, and the rapidly growing science of building technology.
Boulder, CO, April 11, 2013 -- AIA Fellow and architect Travis Price, author of "The Archeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Spirit of Place" will deliver the keynote lecture on emerging architecture at SOLAR 2013. On Friday April 19 at 3:30, Price will discuss "The Mythic Modern: Mythology, Ecology and Technology...the Spirit of Place," in a lecture that is free and open to the public.
The Passive Solar Conference will cover a broad range of themes in emerging architecture, including the Department of Energy road map for Building Integrated Solar Technologies (BIST), which aims to double building efficiency by 2050. Today buildings in the US consume more than 70% of the electricity and 50% of the natural gas produced, accounting for 40% of US energy consumption. Other sessions will explore "Passive Haus," design, a concept originating in Germany to minimize energy consumption, the trend in Net Zero building, and the impact of climate change on regional design. In a series of sessions oriented around building technology, the conference will present the latest research on energy modeling for buildings, automated controls, and daylighting strategies. Finally, several forums will address important regulatory issues including building codes, zoning and the right to solar access.
Seventeen of the sessions in the Passive Solar conference have been approved by the American Institute of Architects for continuing education credits. Please visit http://www.ases.org/aia-approves-solar-2013-for-continuing-education-credits/ for further information.
The conference exhibition hall will be open to the public starting at 10am from April 17-19 for $10, with a special public day on Saturday, April 20 priced at $5. On Thursday, April 18, two evening sessions, Young Professionals in Renewable Energy (YPiRE) and Emerging Transportation, beginning at 6:30pm and 7pm respectively, are free and open to the public. The Travis Price lecture on Friday April 19 at 3:30pm is also free and open to the public.
About the American Solar Energy Society
Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation's leading association of solar professionals and advocates. Our mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. ASES leads national efforts to increase the use of solar energy and other sustainable technologies through the publication of the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine, the ASES National Solar Tour - the largest grassroots solar event in the world, and the the ASES National Solar Conference. For more information about ASES and the SOLAR 2013 conference please visit http://www.ases.org/solar2013.