EFFICIENT BUILDINGS IN HOT-DRY CLIMATE

Yahya Lavafpour
National University of Malaysia – Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

 

ABSTRACT
Buildings can be designed to require far less energy than today’s average. Reducing energy consumption of buildings in hot-dry climates by using natural energy sources to provide comfortable microclimate is the main concern of this study. In this paper design strategies in terms of energy efficiency have been considered based on proper building form, material selection and orientation and by taking advantages of passive cooling strategies and ventilation. The study aims to show that the idea of using natural energy and passive cooling strategies came from the vernacular principles.

KEY WORDS
energy efficiency, natural energy, vernacular principles, architectural design strategy

 

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SAJ Vol. 4, 2012, No. 3