Prof. H Martin Edge






Scott, J, Edge, M, Laing, R, & Martin, P (2004).

Optimising the Relationship Between Passive Solar Design of New Housing and the Economics of Construction and Land Value.

In the Proceedings of Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) 2004, September 1st-3rd, pp. 11.


In recent years the focus of mass housing developments built by speculative developers in the UK has broadly been on maximizing density whilst retaining a predominantly detached housing form. This economically led strategy, aimed at maximizing return on investment, can conflict with the aim of radically reducing environmental impacts. A variety of products have been developed, which enable design professionals to model and assess the environmental performance (especially in energy use terms) of individual buildings. There are, however, currently no tools for modeling the environmental performance of the whole developments, based on variables such as site layout, density, orientation and topography. Using passive solar design as an exemplar of the wider field of sustainable development offers the opportunity to improve the environmental, spatial and aesthetic performance of speculative developments. This paper describes the development of a tool for planners of housing developments to optimise the passive solar characteristics of a development through an environmental site assessment.