Exergy landscapes: exploration of second-law thinking towards sustainable landscape design
Source: International Journal of Exergy, Volume 8, Number 2, February 2011 , pp. 148-174(27)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Depletion of fossil fuels and climate change necessitate a transition to sustainable energy systems that make efficient use of renewable energy sources. Recently, the disciplines of building engineering, architecture and urban planning have begun embracing 'second-law thinking' to reduce energy consumption in the built environment. Second-law thinking, however, is not yet a part of spatial planning and landscape design. This is especially problematic because the concepts of exergy and entropy are imperative to sustainable development. This paper explores the Laws of Thermodynamics and related concepts to advance the planning and design of sustainable landscapes. We propose a number of exergy-conscious design principles, each one supporting sustainable energy transition.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Wageningen University and Research, Environmental Science Department, Landscape Architecture Chair Group, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA, Wageningen, The Netherlands. 2: Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Climate Design & Sustainability Chair Group, P.O. Box 5043, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands. 3: Wageningen University and Research, Environmental Science Department, Landscape Architecture Chair Group, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Publication date: 2011-02-01
- The International Journal of Exergy is a quarterly publication dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary platform for information and ideas in the field of exergy and thermodynamic optimisation. It publishes a wide range of original, high-quality research papers, and ancillary features, spanning activities from fundamental research to industrial applications. The International Journal of Exergy covers aspects of exergy analysis of engineering and non-engineering systems and processes in a large variety of disciplines, ranging from mechanical engineering to physics and chemical engineering to industrial ecology.
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