Published in Sustainable Technology Park at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Handbook of Guidelines: Ecology meets Technology, June 24, 2005, pages 19-21. Edited by Gisa Hinrichs and Mike Montoya. (San Luis Obispo, CA: College of Architecture and Environmental Design).
As with any building project, climate has an enormous impact on building and site energy and water consumption, the potential for on-site electrical power generation, indoor environmental quality in terms of thermal comfort and daylighting opportunities, and the creation of protected outdoor environments as extensions of interior spaces. In order to assess the site-climate design potential designers, users, and building owners need to consider issues revealed by quantitative, scientific data of existing conditions, qualitative regional or microclimatic principles that optimize building form, organization, and materials based on this understanding, and simulations of future design alternatives. This paper discusses the relevant questions and requisite data in considering the role of regional and local climate in the design of the research office buildings for the Technology Park on the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo, California.