This title offers an auspicious and comprehensive two-volume treatment of current solar energy strategies and technologies employed in buildings. It offers the reader a solid platform for assessing environmental and economic concerns for housing projects, and offers guidance on implementing the most appropriate course of action. It includes case studies from Austria, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany. This far-reaching and authoritative two-volume set examines a range of potential solutions for low-energy building design, considering different strategies (energy conservation and renewable energy) and technologies (relating to the building envelope, ventilation, heat delivery, heat production, heat storage, electricity and control). Each volume assesses the potential of these options in a variety of contexts, covering different housing types (apartment, row and detached) and different climate types (cold, temperate and mild). The impressive list of expert authors from 14 countries includes a mix of internationally respected academics and practitioners, working under the auspices of a five-year International Energy Agency (IEA) research project. Volume 1 presents strategies and solutions, offering the reader a solid platform for assessing environmental and economic concerns for housing projects, and offers guidance for implementing the most appropriate course of action in a variety of contexts.