EBC Annex 38 Solar Sustainable Housing


Status: Completed (1999-2003)

Operating Agent: Dr Robert Hastings, Architecture, Energy & Environment GmbH, Kirchstrasse 1, CH 8304 Wallisellen. Switzerland.
Tel: +41 1 883 1717 or 16
Fax: +41 1 883 1713

BCS Liaison: Dr Hans Erhorn, Frauhofer Institute of Building Physics , Nobelstr.12, D-70569 Stuttgart. Germany.
Tel: +49 711 970 3380
Fax: +49 711 970 3399,
Email: erh[at]ibp.fhg.de

Website: www.iea-shc.org (Click on Task 28)



Solar Sustainable Housing represents a joint venture between the ECBCS and Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) Task 28. The objective of this Annex is to help achieve in participating countries a significant penetration of solar sustainable housing in the housing markets (i.e. >5%) by the year 2010 by providing builders and institutional real estate investors with:

–   Good examples of built projects with proven successes,
Hard facts to make cost/benefit decisions on the mix of solar and conservation strategies,
Guidance to improve energy, environmental and cost performance of their own designs.

The Scope of this Annex includes:


Housing types: Multi-family, row, duplex and detached housing

Solar technologies: Passive, active and PV solar use, natural cooling and daylighting involving the building envelope and struture.

Conservation technologies: Super insulation and windows, thermal bridge avoidance, ventilation and heat recovery systems.

Spin-off technologies: For retrofitting extsiting buildings.

The Annex will accomplish its objectives in four phases:


Market Assessment and Communication

Design and Analysis

Construction and Demonstration

Measurement and Evaluation

Results will be the collective efforts of the Annex will lead to the following publications and activities:

Planned publications :


Model Solar Sustainable Houses (WWW site),

Marketable Solar Sustainable Housing: Plans, Details and Performance (Book)

Guide to Cost Effective Design (Handbook).

Activities: Demonstration Buildings and Workshops and Symposia.

Participants: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.



Exemplary Sustainable Solar Houses
A series of 40 brochures describing demonstration sustainable solar housing projects.


Sustainable Solar Housing
Edited by Robert Hastings and Maria Wall
Volume 1: Strategies and Solutions; Volume 2: Exemplary Buildings and Technologies
Insights from monitoring, simulation and the experts with sections on strategies, solutions, exemplary buildings and technologies.
UK, Earthscan, 2006,
Hardback ISBN 1-84407-327-0, £125.00 set (ECBCS Order Code ANN 38 2006:1)
Paperback (Vol 1 ISBN 1-84407-325-4, Vol 2 ISBN 1-84407-326-2) £55.00 each (ECBCS Order Code ANN 38 2006:2, ANN 38 2006:3)
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Bioclimatic Housing: Innovative Designs for Warm Climates
Edited by Richard Hyde
UK, Earthscan, ISBN 1844072843, due 2007, £49.95

The Environmental Brief: Pathways for Green Design
Richard Hyde, Steve Watson, Wendy Cheshire, Mark Thomson
Taylor and Francis, 2006, 336 pp.
Hardback: ISBN 9780415290449, £85.00 (ECBCS Order Code ANN 38 2006:4)
Paperback : ISBN 9780415290456, £37.00 (ECBCS Order Code Ann 38 2006:5)
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Business Opportunities in Sustainable Housing: A Marketing Guide Based on Houses in Ten Countries
Free Download

Design Insights from the Analysis of 50 Sustainable Solar Houses
edited by Christel Russ

Wohnbauten mit Geringem Energieverbrauch
C Hoffmann, R Hastings, K Voss,
Germany, Heidelberg, C. F. Muller Verlag, April 2004, ISBN 3-7880-7749-2
Available from Amazon