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Introduction

ByWilli Weber, Simos Yannas

Our objective today is to achieve acceptable indoor environmental conditions for occupants with the least expenditure in energy and materials, replacing non-renewable energy sources with renewable ones and doing away with environmentally unfriendly processes and materials. We have the knowledge of building physics, wide choice in materials that can provide appropriate environmental properties, and a good understanding of what drives environmental

rperformance derived from measurements and simulation studies. What lessons can vernacula architecture continue to hold for us today?