About UIA Int. WP

The form of our future built environment must be based on a responsible approach to nature and the use of the inexhaustible energy potential of the Sun, Wind, Earth and Water which represent the four basic elements of the Renewable Energy Sources as well as those of the Aristotle’s theory. The role of architecture as a responsible profession is of far – reaching significance in this respect.

The aim of the Architect’s work in the future must, therefore, be to design buildings and urban spaces in such a way that natural resources will be conserved and renewable forms of energy – especially solar, wind, earth and water energy – will be used as extensively as possible, thus avoiding many of undesirable developments.

New design concepts must be developed that will increase awareness of these basic elements, as sources of light and heat; for an acceptance of the renewable energy technology in construction by the general public can only be achieved by means of convincing visual ideas and examples.

The natural resources available in a given location, especially sun and wind should be harnessed for the climatic conditioning of buildings and should be reflected in the design of their layout and form.

The form of the urban and landscape structures that man creates must therefore be governed by the following environmental and bioclimatic factors leading to an Architecture influenced by the use of Renewable Energy Source:

  • Orientation of streets and building structures to the sun;
  • Temperature control and use of daylight in the public realm;
  • Topography (land form, overall exposure, general situation);
  • Direction and intensity of wind (alignment of streets, sheltered public spaces, systematic ventilation, cold-air corridors);
  • Surface materials (heat capacity, reflectivity, ageing), given their significant contribution to the urban heat island effect;
  • Water (ground adsorption, water table sustenance, evaporative cooling), in relation to vegetation and cooling;

The training and further education of architects and engineers must be related to future needs and should take place within mutually related systems on various levels, using the facilities afforded by the new media. Schools, universities, and professional associations are called upon to develop relevant options.

The four major issues of the International Work Program are:

  1. Incorporation of ARES in an urban building environment Methodology – Applied Experience
  2. Educational & Informational procedures for Architects & Engineers Understanding & decoding ARES
  3. New technologies Systems, building materials – Examples – Options
  4. ARES & Legislative Frame – Incorporation of new technologies in an integrated international legislative frame

For all the above reasons, the U.I.A., which is the most recognized international organization of Architects, will play a leader role towards an “Architecture implementing Renewable Energy Sources” and a significant step to this point was the forming, during the year 2002, of this vital International Work Program.

The UIA International Workgroup “ARES” is activated on the subject -Architecture & Renewable Sources. Greece is the Host country through UIA Greek Section – Technical Chamber of Greece. Mr Nikos Fintikakis, Architect, deputy member of UIA Council, is the Director of the International WP.