Energy, Architecture, and Sustainability

1st Edition - May 6, 2021

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  • Authors: Alireza Dehghani-Sanij, Mehdi Bahadori
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128222768
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128222751

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Ice-Houses: Energy, Architecture and Sustainability presents new and novel technologies and approaches surrounding daily and seasonal ice storage, along with discussions on passive cooling and natural technologies using different methods, including heat pumps. The book covers different aspects of ice-houses and cold energy production, storage and utilization. By addressing various issues connected to the technology and structure of traditional ice-houses and natural and artificial ice making, this refences looks at new technological approaches for the reduction of electrical energy consumption in buildings. Users will find this to be a comprehensive overview of ice house storage that includes worked examples and global case studies. It is an essential resource for researchers and engineers looking to advance their understanding of this method of thermal storage.

Key Features

  • Includes worked examples which calculate and determine the amounts of different parameters to help better understand the problem-solving process
  • Provides a comprehensive literature review on the history and architecture of ice-houses, along with different ice production and storage methods
  • Contains recent developments related to cold energy production and storage through ice making to reduce electricity demand


Electrical engineers, systems engineers, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers and researchers interested in energy production and storage

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Energy consumption and environmental challenges
    2. Natural ice making
    3. Artificial ice making
    4. Traditional ice-houses
    5. The architecture of traditional ice-houses
    6. Natural and low-energy ice making to save energy
    7. Ice production to reduce electricity demand for cooling buildings at peak times
    8. Using solar energy, heat pumps and seasonal ice storage to provide heating/cooling needs of buildings
    9. Case studies and examples of traditional ice-houses

Product details

  • No. of pages: 358
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: May 6, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128222768
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128222751

About the Authors

Alireza Dehghani-Sanij

Dr. Alireza Dehghani-Sanij is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He studies energy issues such as energy sources, storage and conversion; stand-alone and hybrid renewable energy systems, specifically in geothermal contexts; and passive cooling systems. In a decade’s academic and industrial experience, he has published over 30 papers in scientific journals and presented over 30 papers at conferences. He has also collaborated with other researchers to publish several books in both English and Farsi.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Mehdi Bahadori

Dr. Mehdi N. Bahadori is a Professor (Emeritus) of Mechanical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Iran. He has published and presented over 200 papers in scientific journals and at conferences, in both English and Farsi. He has also collaborated on some books in both languages, on energy, passive cooling systems, and engineering ethics. Among his scientific and professional memberships are ones in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers (ISME), and the Iranian Solar Energy Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor (Emeritus) of Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran.

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  • Dr. A. Fri Nov 12 2021

    Great Reference for researchers and industry experts in sustainability

    A great reference for any researcher in field of suitability and energy who wants to gain an in-depth knowledge on natural ice-houses. I find the book very inspiring, the author has more than two-decades of experience in suitability and energy. A true admirer of natural resources, I invite any expert in field to read, learn and spread the word.

  • M.Rouhi Mon Nov 01 2021

    Great reference for fundamentals

    The first chapter of this book has a great fundamental analysis of renewable energy and methods for storage. So, I feel this is a great resource for anyone who is studying Mechanical Engineering and wants to know more about renewable energy. I strongly recommend it to researchers and engineers working on these topics.

  • Madjid S. Tue Oct 26 2021

    Recommendation of the Book

    I think this book is very useful and valuable for engineers, students, researchers and professors in the area of Mechanical, Civil, and Architectural Engineering! I enjoyed reading most of this book.

  • Mohammad R. Sun Oct 24 2021

    Comprehensive resource

    I strongly recommend this book to all who are seeking information on this matter. This book that has all the information regarding natural ice-houses and cold storage technologies in a very nice and organized way.

  • Madjid S. Fri Oct 22 2021

    Interesting Book

    This book presents new and novel technologies in daily and seasonal ice storage, along with discussions on different passive cooling systems. I strongly recommend reading this book to both students and Engineers in the field of energy and related disciplines.

  • Roozbeh Fri Oct 22 2021


    A book that covers almost all of the ice scientific fields. You can find lots of actual cases about using energy in this book. It also gives you a great point of view of the effect of architecture on energy consumption.

  • Mohammad R. Mon Oct 18 2021

    A great resource

    I have been searching a lot to find information about natural ice-houses and cold storage until I found this book that has all the information regarding this technology in a very nice and organized way. I highly suggest this book to all those who are seeking information on this matter.

  • M. R. Mon Oct 11 2021

    A great resource for ice houses' technology

    This book comprehensively covers topics and contents of ice houses. I have been looking for and reading many resources to gather information about this kind of technology until I found this book that has everything in a nicely ordered and categorized way. This book also covers the state-of-the-art works and improvements in this technology. Highly recommended to those working or are starting to work on these topics.

  • Yaghoubi Wed Oct 06 2021

    unique book

    A very well-written, unique, and informative book on applications of sustainable energy and ice production, storage, and its utilization. The book also covers a bridge between traditional icehouse and its uses of energy in modern life. It is worthwhile to have this book if you are interested in cooling and heating purposes using low-energy technology

  • Sajad M. Thu Aug 12 2021

    highly recommended to sustainability seekers

    I am truly grateful to read the book. Highly recommended to researchers, mechanical engineers, sustainability specialists, architects, and building engineers. This book provides the opportunity to have a deep understanding of the concept of ice-houses.