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Pr. Zbigniew Paszkowski

Professor of Architecture Zbigniew W. Paszkowski, PhD. DSc.West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland


Talk Title
The Sustainable Architecture of the Future

Talk Abstract

Architecture and construction are among the largest consumers of energy. Architects and city planners are increasingly integrating their solutions with energy issues aimed at reducing the  unit and environmental costs associated with excessive energy consumption. These synergistic actions can bring unexpected beneficial effects if mutual cooperation between the energy and construction sectors is established. Sustainable development principles in most countries, based on the assumptions of Agenda 21, largely refer to low-energy design and low-emission methods of reducing energy expenditure at various stages of the life cycle of construction works. This cycle begins with the production of building materials, the construction of facilities and their operation, and the renovation and demolition of construction works. Energy expenditure during use includes electricity and energy for heating and cooling. The scale of this demand is huge, as it applies to all architectural sites in the world. The mass character of this phenomenon causes the problem of the economical spending of energy in construction to be of key importance for the energy sector. Saving energy in construction can take place at any stage. It can be passive (using economical projects or materials) or active (using renewable energy sources or SMART City). However, the first stage in sustainable planning is the design process, in which the use of appropriate functional and spatial solutions and materials can contribute to significant energy savings in all subsequent phases of the life cycle of the facilities of a building. The choice of building materials, as well as of heating and cooling technologies for interiors, can be considered to be of equal importance. The author highlights the most important technical solutions, which, in his opinion, may significantly affect the reduction of energy consumption, both in the construction process and in the use of facilities in the near future. These include urban solutions related to the creation of urban structures corresponding to climatic conditions (greenery, airing of streets, compact buildings), better organization of urban transport, and the use of renewable energy (electricity) for public transportation and of geothermal energy for heating buildings. In terms of the building sector, these include architecture with a specific form of expression using natural climatic factors, the orientation and architectural form of buildings (e.g. double ventilated façades) and also the use of modern materials with a low-emission specificity. The author also includes solutions for building infrastructure containing advanced bioclimatic systems, solutions based on intelligent control systems for thermal protection and humidity, active protection against excessive solar gain, integrated photovoltaic panels, electricity storage, etc. and those related to the physical conditions of the building. He presents good examples of the application of different solutions in the architecture and structure of buildings, which can at the same time be both spatially attractive, and significantly influence the reduction of the consumption of electricity and the harmful emissions of exhaust gases into the atmosphere. The author’s targeted audience are researchers, engineers, decision makers and politicians involved in the scientific research on renewable energy applicability in the building and urban development sectors.

Short Biography
Zbigniew Władysław Paszkowski (born 1955) - full professor, PhD. DSc. architect, the graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Cracow University of Technology, professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin (Poland), the head of the Department of History and Theory of Architecture, the member of the Urban Planning and Architecture Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The author of scientific publications in the field of architectural theory, history and modern trends in architecture. The promotor of several doctoral theses. The author of many architectural housing and public building projects and realizations, the founder and leading architect of the URBICON Ltd. architectural design office (since 1990) in Szczecin. Researcher of sustainability in architecture and urban planning.
Talk Keywords
Architecture, life cycle of buildings, environmental protection, sustainability, energy consumption, low-emission specificity.
Target Audience
Researchers, Government policy makers, Industrail leaders, Students, General publics
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The International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy (IAPE’18)