Thesis: Low Energy Design

A design for ten energy efficient houses for a 1976 UN Habitat competition



The site was located central Canada, with an extreme continental climate and heavy snow.

Unlike many designs for individual “Autonomous” houses at that time, I was interested in grouping the houses for economy of construction, to minimise heat loss and to create covered  spaces for comfort and social interaction throughout the year.

The design is largely “passive” in that good insulation, orientation to the South and a compact form to minimise heat losses generate the terrace. Wind power and the methane digester, to run a CHP plant were designed the largest scale possible.

Designed and hosted by Lunaria, Edinburgh