Edward Dean has advanced the practice of sustainable architecture on multiple fronts: regulation, education, research, publication and the design of new buildings and renovations that raise the bar for sustainable design and low-energy performance.
Ed played a key early role in the implementation of the State of California’s Title 24 building energy efficiency standards, a model for the nation. In 1976, for the California Energy Commission, he developed compliance methods for Title 24; the non-residential compliance manual that he wrote was the first of its kind in the nation. Subsequently, he created a monograph on low-energy design principles that the California Board of Architectural Examiners distributed to all the state’s licensed architects. In addition, he designed and led training programs in low-energy buildings for the California Division of the State Architect.
As a design educator from 1974 to 1984, Ed was a leader in what was then known as “ecological architecture” or “passive design.” At UC Berkeley, he created a new part of the curriculum focusing on these issues, which is essentially still in place today. His design studio courses emphasized climate-responsive, energy-efficient design, including an innovative integrated design course in which students used building analysis software—this was in 1980—to study the energy performance of their own work. In the mid-1970s, Ed was a key member of the founding group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) that ultimately became the renowned Center for Building Science, a significant national research unit under the U.S. Department of Energy, which has had a nationwide impact on the development of low-energy building design.
After serving as an educator, Ed turned to mainstream professional practice to apply these principles to the design of the built environment. Working for EHDD for more than a dozen years, he was responsible for the design of projects that incorporated many ideas routinely used today: maximum daylighting, living roofs, climate-tempering atriums, and solar-responsive openings. Principal examples include the Main Library Addition at UC Berkeley (underground location, living roof, major day-lighting features), completed in 1994, and the Business Education Building at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (super insulation, climate-tempering atrium), completed in 1988.
Ed is a leader in the design of zero-net-energy (ZNE) buildings. His ZNE library for the City of Berkeley, one of the nation’s first ZNE libraries, will be completed in 2013.
Through publications, presentations and AIA webinars, Ed continues to teach and encourage architectural practitioners to incorporate sustainable design. For the AIASF Committee on the Environment (COTE), he coordinated a presentation series on the design of ZNE public buildings in 2010 and a second series on Materials Choices for Healthy Buildings in 2011. He was a principal presenter at a heavily attended Daylighting Intensive session at Greenbuild 2006.