Development of bricks with built in passive solar efficiency


Dr Yuri Totoev

Project Description

According to Australian Greenhouse Office, energy consumption in Australia will increase by 60% from 1990 to 2010. Almost 40% of energy used in households is for space heating and cooling. It is believed that these numbers are even higher in other developed countries with climate not as mild as Australian. There is a great potential to achieve significant savings in energy consumptions, costs, greenhouse effect etc. by increasing passive solar efficiency of structures including brick walls.

A new design for brick with built in passive solar efficiency was developed at the University of Newcastle, Australia. This brick absorbs more heat in winter because the external area of the brick exposed to solar radiation is significantly increased in comparison to a conventional brick and also because of reflection. It also absorbs less heat in summer because the area exposed to direct sun is significantly reduced.

Extruded clay brick with built-in passive solar efficiency
Above: Extruded clay brick with built-in passive solar efficiency

Selected Publications

  • Totoev Yuri Zarevich, 'Heat transfer in the thermo-efficient BIPSE bricks', 11th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components, Istanbul, Turkey (2008)
  • Totoev Yuri Zarevich, 'Thermal properties of a brick with built-in passive solar efficiency', 7th International Masonry Conference, London, UK (2006)PCT

Patent No. PCT/AU2006/000615
Building Cladding Element With Built In Passive Solar Efficiency
Inventor: Dr Yuri Totoev

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.